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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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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Filing dates utility provisional application versus follow up design patent application

I filed a utility provisional patent application less than 1 year ago. If within 1 year of the utility prov appl filing date I also file design patent application(s) for the same idea, will the ...
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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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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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How to check whether the invention is already patented

Suppose i have invented something useful. before applying for a patent is there any way which will help me in identifying whether the invention is already patented or not.
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Can a similar product be made?

In reference to the design patent: USD 666,896 S1 Can a similar product be made without violating this patent? What exactly is patented? The loops? The look?
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Advice and Clarification on Method claim

I would like to get some clarification regarding how method claim works. I’m developing a diagnostic system in the line of invention described in http://www.google.com/patents/WO2014201088A1?cl=en . ...
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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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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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The timing of filing design and utility patents on the same invention

I have a design patent set of documents ready to file and the question came up about filing a utility as well. We are working feverishly to submit everything before March 2016 (one year after public ...