A Design patent is another type of a patent that is granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to inventors, which is different from utility patents.

In general, design patents are granted to inventions that have any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Stated otherwise, a design patent affords protection with respect to the ornamental value (or “look”) of an article of manufacture, rather than functionality. Both design and utility patents may be obtained on an article if invention resides both in its utility and ornamental appearance.

Please contact Patent Law Agency, LLC for your free, no obligation initial consultation to learn about the minimum requirements needed to commence work on a design patent, including detailed differences between utility versus design, and which to file (or file both) to meet your business and intellectual property strategies for your product. Your call will be answered directly by a patent practitioner who will gladly assist you in all the details.