Design Patents

What is a Design Patent?

A design patent protects the unique ornamental appearance of a product – its shape, surface design, configuration and style. It covers the way your product looks, not how it functions. Design patents last 14 years.

Who Would Want A Design Patent?

Companies, startups, designers, and inventors who want to protect the unique ornamental look and feel of their product should consider a design patent, which provides 14 years of exclusive rights over the aesthetics, shape, styling, and overall visual appeal of a product. If your product relies on distinctive ornamentation that took time and money to develop, a design patent establishes your ownership over that appearance and prevents others from exploiting it.

Benefits of A Design Patent

  • Secures your rights to your product’s distinctive look
  • Deters knockoffs and copies from infringing your design
  • Covers the visual ornamental aspects, not functional features
  • Granted if design is new, original and ornamental

Common Issues with Filing a Design Patent

Descriptions and drawings must clearly show the ornamental design details. Small differences from prior designs must be explained since novelty is key. Applicants sometimes publicly show their design before filing, which can invalidate the patent. The process also takes focus and patience. The ornamentality requirement and prior art can derail applications. Working with DLS can reduces mistakes, provides proper documentation, handles prior art issues, and satisfies the ornamentality criteria.

Learn About the Process

Submit your inventor disclosure form

Drafting and filing

Office Action

Patent is Issued

How DLS Can Help?

Your product’s visual appeal and style can be a key competitive advantage. Don’t let a copycat steal your hard work. The design patent attorneys at DLS can help you protect the ornamental elements that make your product stand out.

Preparing and filing utility, provisional, and design patent applications with the USPTO

Providing opinions on patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom to operate for your inventions

Enforcing your patent rights by pursuing infringement cases in U.S. district courts and on appeal

Responding to any USPTO proceedings challenging your patents after issuance

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– B.C.

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– C.S.

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