A design patent is a special kind of patent that covers the ornamental design, as opposed to the workings, of a functional item.

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First Sale Doctrine applying to physical goods

In an example scenario when a person purchases a 30 pack of Kleenex then makes and sells lunch packs each of which includes a box of Kleenex. Is this person protected by the First Sale Doctrine to ...
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Working prototype and results [closed]

Has there been a working prototype of this design built and were the results as claimed? Did you get an improved range from an EV?
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Invention Desk and swivel chair

I seem to own this desk. The desk and chair both have PAT 1. 883. 322 in the metal. Does this mean the item I own is a first/or only production model? I'm not exactly sure how to go about my newly ...
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what has the patent not incorporated micro bio agent

what has the patent not incorporated micro bio agent .The composition of the invention thus optionally contains one or more antimicrobial agents Which are effective in eliminating gram negative ...
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How can I contact the Patent applicant or inventor of patent us20110097952

Please contact me as soon as possible. I had a very similar idea and want to know what the Patent applicant plans to do. Jason Magoon magoondustries@gmail.com 619-567-9598
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USD670286 - Do glossy lines on a surface count in a design patent?

This patent has been cited as an example of patenting a rounded rectangle, as the solid lines appear to form only a rounded rectangular frontal shape. However, do the "glossy" shading lines on the ...
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Reviving a patent

We were just talking about this product. We want to produce it. What are the next steps? It won't be just for infants but also for adults. It will be distributed through restaurant supplies stores.
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How can i get the usage permission of Movie Images for creating Live wallpaper?

I am new to designing and had got work for creating a live wallpaper using some animation characters in movies like Rio, Finding Nemo etc. How can use the images of that i find in Google for this ...
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Patenting firmware along with sensor design. How do I start?

I've created a wireless parking space sensor using a specific microcontroller and other components. I'm sure the same components used can be utilized in a different manner by others just with a change ...
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Can I get patent for web function (system)? Like subscribe, follow

For example there is a follow system in twitter, that everybody knows, or subscribe system in YouTube. A lot of other web sites & services are using this sytem. So, could twitter or youtube get ...
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Design or utility patent? Do I need to file multiple variations to protect my idea? Do I need create an exact working example of my idea? and more

If I wanted to produce sticky fore-arm straps that wrap around the fore-arms for competitors to use in the worlds-strongest-man competition to get a better grip when they pick up big circular stones ...
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Someone patent a design 2 years after I published a research papers.

I wanted to develop a product based on my Ph.D. research carried out in 2002. I published a paper about my design in "Review of Scientific Instruments" in 2002. However, I just found out that a ...
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Apple's iphone design patent

How would apple's design patent for the shape of the iphone could have been non-obvious as a design patent? please don't jump right away.. The iphone was innovative in most respects when launched, I ...
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pat. no. 5665894

i am trying to calibrate a gas monitor using a portagas bottle with 25ppm of H2S gas but cannot figure out how to open this valve. the only marking is "pat. no. 5665894" and "model:2004", need help. ...
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Where do I find the list of patents and designs for a given company?

Is there a way to look up patents and designs in the UK and USA for a given company?
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Finding design or utility patent

Few months ago, an idea went over my head. After some thinking, I though I had first to do a search over the internet to see if my idea already existed. And it existed. I found out that there is a ...
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What is the patent FOR? Shape?

Is the patent issued on the SHAPE of this container, or the grooves indicated on the drawings? The patent refers to the "ornamental" nature of the patent. I am unsure what exactly is protected under ...
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When to get a patent after designing a product

I am thinking of designing a particular phone case. My question is normally what is the process between the design stage up to pitching the design? Is it simply: Design product Get a patent on design ...
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Can I release a modified version of a patented product?

Assume there are some patents out there that seem to be fundamental and almost trivial. Can I patent and/or manufacture a product that builds on a patented product (I don't own the "basic" patent) ...
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How was this patent issued over the prior art?

I don't see a substantial difference between this part and a standard banana jack. For example - http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=70209775. Versus USD651568 The purpose ...
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Design Patents- What exactly are these patents on?

What exactly is the patent FOR on the following items? I see no notice of color, finish, size, materials, assembly method, etc. D652759 (Pendant-Slit Pupil), D683254 (Pendant-Round Pupil), D682730 ...
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Hot Swap Tray patents

A lot of rackmount server case are equipped with hot-swappable tray. Rackmount case brand might have different design of hot-swappable tray but the mechanical engineering can be actually or almost ...
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Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...
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this is a design from the 1960s by Gysin & Sommerville

this design has been created by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville in the 1960s... you did NOT invent neither the contraption, nor (even less) the "ornamental design".
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design patent d579373 - patent infringement

I have a jewelry design that is simply 3 interlocking solid silver rings that can be used as a baby's teething ring. I have been told that I am in infringement of design patent d579373 ..which is 3 ...
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design on the patent US20040213428

What will part 12 in the drawing say about the designs? (in the patent US20040213428) Can I use same design on the part but with an other angle?
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What constitutes enough of a change in a patent for me to construct something for personal use?

I have absolutely zero understanding of patent law, and have only just discovered that it's illegal for me to reproduce a game called "9 Square in the Air" for personal use due to two "ornamental ...
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How do I know if a bidet is covered under a patent?

I have a kitchen and bath website. I was going to sell bidets on it, that I would buy from overseas, but now I'm worried about patents on the designs, since they are all similar. I did a patent ...
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D/285,860 and D/253,629 - These look like an ordinary skateboards

The two styles shown are standard skateboard shapes that have been around for decades (surfboard-shaped and "fishtail"). There's lots of varieties of both these shapes in production everywhere. The ...
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Why did my patent on game rules not prevent these subsequent design patents?

I invented a game whereby I took the game called 4-Square and raised it 7 feet in the air and so you play it like a 4-way volleyball game ... 4-Square in the air. I obtained U.S. Patent No. ...
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Apple patent page turning animation - any prior art to invalidate this?

Apple have just been granted patent D670,713 "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface" A New York Times blog post discusses possible prior art references. How ...
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Prior Art for Apple's iTunes Design Patent (Circle with Notes in the Middle)

A design patent covers the ornamental features of an article of manufacture. As with standard "utility" patents, a design patent must also be novel and nonobvious. For a number of years, the USPTO ...
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What exactly does the ornamental design for a dual-action vibrator entail?

Is this for the outside shape? The mixture of materials? Please describe in detail what this design patent actually means.
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Would a graphic design project constitute as prior art?

Back in 1998 when I was going through my GCSEs (high school) I took graphic design and two of my projects were: a phone, and a car. My phone concept I believe (if it was valid), would be a good ...