Design Patent

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A Design Patent can come in handy to many businesses.  This article will surmise what exactly is a design Patent and how to determine whether or not a design is patentable..

This patent is given to the creator for how an invention looks.  These patents are unique as it is only given when something new is created.  Take in consideration that only the appearance of the device is protected.

Development process and materials used are not important in this patent, only the look and design of the invention, this patent type last up to fifteen (15) years.

The design patent is only concerned with how the creation looks the aesthetics of it all.   In order for a design to be patented it has to be one of a kind, and reproducible.  A one of a kind design is so unique that the inventor has to persuade the Patent Office that is the first and only of its kind.  A reproducible design is one that is created though artistic and technical skills or a particular method.

The design and utility patent goes hand in hand. A design patent is only issued in cases where a utility patent will also be given, so in the end both the product and its design will be protected.

A plethora of design patent examples can be found in the technology industry.  Remember that what is been patented is not the program capabilities, but the entire aesthetics and the look of the interface.

A program that duplicates a file can be written by almost anyone. Design patent is able to secure one way of showing deleted files.  As the rise of new technology increases, computer companies seek for more and more technical methods in protecting the look of their inventions.  For example the iMac, this computer has both design and utility patent.

Use this article to make a decision on whether or not your company should submit a proposal to get a design patent as this might prove beneficial to your business.

As stated by United States Patent and Trademark Office, a design is a composition that consists of the visual patterned attributes embodied in, or is related to, a piece of work. An artwork such as a design is demonstrated through its illustration. The whole purpose for a design patent to be used is its connection to the design and structure of creation, the look of the design, or a combination of both.

 

 

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