Design patents protect the ornamental features of an invention. Unlike a utility patent, a design patent does not protect functional features. For that reason, normally a utility patent is preferred. However, there are situations where the invention includes ornamental features that are significant and therefore deserve to be protected with a patent. Moreover, having a design patent allows you to mark your product and advertising with the the patented indication, which can serve as a deterrent to would be infringers.
Examples of Design Patents that we have obtained for our clients include:
- Personal Alarm (Des. 356,968)
- Hair Piece Design (Des. 434,876)
- Ornamental Chandelier (Des. 646,835)
- Trombone Grip (Des. 706,336)
The cost to prepare and file a Design Patent Application is $1,250.00, including 3 drawing sheet and the filing cost to the US Patent and Trademark Office.
A Patent Search can be conducted prior to filing the Design Patent Application, and if we provide you with a Patentability Opinion, you will know the likelihood that you will obtain a patent on your design.