Design Patents

Design Patents Team:

Mechanical Patents Design Patents Trademarks

Bruce W. McKee

Electrical Patents Mechanical Patents Design Patents Software and Business Methods Patents Trademarks Copyright and Media Law

Mark D. Hansing

Mechanical Patents Design Patents Trademarks Copyright and Media Law

Kirk M. Hartung

Electrical Patents Mechanical Patents Design Patents Software and Business Methods Patents Trademarks Licensing Trade Secrets

Michael C. Gilchrist - Of Counsel

Mechanical Patents Design Patents Software and Business Methods Patents Trademarks Litigation Licensing Trade Secrets Copyright and Media Law

R. Scott Johnson

Electrical Patents Mechanical Patents Design Patents Software and Business Methods Patents Trademarks Licensing

Luke T. Mohrhauser

Electrical Patents Mechanical Patents Design Patents Software and Business Methods Patents Trademarks

Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson

Electrical Patents Mechanical Patents Design Patents

Gregory Woods

Never Underestimate the Power of Design

Protecting a product’s new, original, or ornamental design is vital to an invention’s livelihood. Design patents do just that - protect the visual, non-functional, features of an invention. This may include a product’s shape, or other aesthetic aspects of the surface of a product, or a combination of both. Examples of this would be the shape of a Coke bottle, or the visual elements of an app on your smartphone. Design patents also exclude others from making, using, selling, or importing both exact copies, as well as substantially similar objects to the protected design.

Cost Effective

Faster Grant Rate

Protects Against Knock-Offs

The protected shapes and aesthetic aspects don’t need to be functional components of the product. As a result, a product can be protected by both design and utility patents. Design patents differ from utility patents in that they protect only non-functional aspects of an invention. Design patents cost significantly less than utility patents and are generally granted at a much faster rate, presenting a few reasons why design patents may be a smart investment.

Design patent applications can be filed around the world to give even greater protection for the design of your product. Because of this, changes in international design registration may result in more effective international protection for your design inventions.

If you have an interest in filing a design patent application in the U.S. and/or around the world, please contact an MVS attorney to discuss the best strategy for obtaining intellectual property protection for all your inventions.

Exemplary Design Patents

Ice Cream Container

Door Handle

Holder

Light

Agitator

Liquid Container

Backpack

Bottle

Bowl

Box

Arms for a Row Unit

Scrub

Fob

Golf Divot Replacement Tool

Cane

Cap

Clamp

Clip

Container

Rain Gutter Leaf Guard

Cylinder

Golf Club Cover

Toothbrush Holder

Dispenser Bracket

Door Handle

Drill

Dryer

Spacer

Faucet

Cane

Fob

Mounting Bracket for Row Unit

Glass

Glue Container

Golf Divot Replacement Tool

Thrasher Bar

Handlebars

Holder

Hook

Horseshoe

Cane

Drill

Glass

Cover

Light

Sander

Mixer

Cover

Glass

Pipe

Probe

Radio

Rail-End

Saber Saw

Sander

Scrubber Pad

Hospital Sheet

Shoe Polisher Brush

Sling

Spacer

Speaker

Spray Nozzle

Steamer

Table

Tank

Thrasher Bar

Toothbrush Holder

Trigger Trainer

Ice Cream Container

Fob

Glass

Mixer

Table

Thrasher

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