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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When do the rights granted by a design patent vest in the USA?

Do they vest once the design patent is granted or do they go back to some period earlier (retroactive)? I’m asking specifically about design patents.
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Media device design patent and other types of products

If design patent is granted for a media device, will it also cover other devices which are not “media devices”? For instance, US D497,618 S1 is a design patent for an iPod. If someone makes a toy, ...
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Is this patent valid in México?

In reference to the patent: USD 705,533 S Is this design patent valid worldwide? I've been selling a similar product (different in design, materials and size) for years without knowing about this, ...
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Replicating Tandy TRS-80 model 100 notebook computer for-profit

Are there any patents that would prevent someone from replicating the Tandy TRS-80 model 100 notebook computer, for instance putting a raspberry pi inside of it and then selling it? It has been over ...
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Can a design patent be issued based on an existing product?

Does Prior Art apply to Design Patents, and can they be invalidated based on Prior Art? Specifically, if a product has been on the market for twenty years without modification, can an unrelated ...
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Design Patent US D697,706 - human hand umbrella handle

I think there is likely prior art for Design Patent US D697,706, "Handle": Here is an example of a 19th century Chinese human hand umbrella handle: Source: AncientPoint.com
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What is the scope of US D680,805 “Wide mouth flask”?

In reference to the design patent: US D680,805 "Wide mouth flask". So any flask or bottles like these can't have this type of cap?
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Is the patent finalized yet? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20140020278 Is this patent finalized
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Scope of a worldwide grant?

Wondering what the scope of a worldwide grant / transfer of all IP, either via an employment contract or explicit transfer is? I ask as a number of countries are not members of the WIPO, others have ...
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Can I patent a 5 year old invention

I have an item I invented over 5 years ago. I assume it would be considered a "design-patent" since what I have invented is a new design on an old item. The item (design) has never been published in ...
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Protecting App UI & Features

I have an app that introduces an innovative user interface & features and I would like to take steps to protect it. From my understanding it is possible to patent/copyright user interfaces and ...
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Is this design patent enforcable?

Company A files an application for a design patent in January 2013. This is an improvement to an existing, widely sold product and the same type of improvement was previously added by others to ...
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Why does this design patent list assignments?

Reference to patent: USD623,571 I'm looking at the noted Legal Events for this patent. Why are assignments given for this design patent? You can see the sssignors on the Google webpage, but not on ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

I'm trying to build a hexapod with several new capabilities and all the features used are not my original creation but the idea of combining them together to form a bot is my idea, and there is no bot ...
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How can I make sure my design doesn't infringe on existing design patents?

I have been looking to design an ornamental vehicle steering wheel rim that illuminates from a light source, but I don't know if this have been patented or produced by the auto manufacturers yet. How ...
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Is my item to similar to US 20070068895 A1 for me to get a patent?

this is my art(decorative wine bottle covers)that I sell on etsy. I recently had someone ask to collaborate with them by selling them partially made wine bottle covers that they could finish with ...
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How to search patents using inventors name

Gustave F Ockrassa is my great-grandfather as well and I would like to know if there are any other patents under his name and the status of this existing patent. Never knew this existed and would ...
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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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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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Patenting firmware along with sensor design. How do I start?

I've created a wireless parking space sensor using a specific micro-controller and other components. I'm sure the same components used can be utilized in a different manner by others just with a ...
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Design patents for tapes of varying shapes and sizes?

Let's say I have an idea about tape. This tape has always had the capability to be sold in color, but never into different shapes. It has always been sold in a straight line. I want to make them in ...
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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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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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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 design 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 Patent US 7,608,000, ...
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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 ...