I am looking into filing for a design patent, and have been consulting with a patent lawyer. The product I would like to patent is somewhat of a combination of a few basic shapes that I fear have a high chance of being rejected due to being too simple, not elaborate enough. But since I am still a novice in this arena, and before I shell out a few grand to file, I figured I would take the temperature of those who have more experience.

I will post a few examples to better represent what I am getting at.

Would these have a high chance of being rejected? Low (average chance)? Or too vague to determine.







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    Design patents are for the ornamental design of functional objects. Is there a function?
    – Eric S
    Jan 9, 2021 at 20:41
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    Also, don’t post a drawing of a design you actually want to patent.
    – Eric S
    Jan 9, 2021 at 20:45
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    The question is not simplicity but prior art. Are similar shapes known?
    – user18033
    Jan 9, 2021 at 20:46
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    Your best bet is to consult a patent attorney or agent.
    – Eric S
    Jan 10, 2021 at 17:06
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    I think the question as posed is unanswerable. Whether or not anything is patentable is specific to the thing itself and prior art. You aren't going to get a design patent on a ball shaped ball. You might get a design patent on an ornamental graphic printed on a ball if it is distinct from other prior art.
    – Eric S
    Jan 10, 2021 at 18:22

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As mentioned in comments, it is not how simple or fancy it is. It needs to be a novel and non-obvious ornamentation of something. A design patent must relate to an "item of manufacture". A shape is not a shape. Your examples are meaningless without being something but please don't post your actual ideas.

What is patented is is a specific kind of bowl, a toilet bowl, table top or a doorstop. The claim and title are for a thing. From these examples you can see that a design can be simple.

  • thank you for clarifying
    – Greg
    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:18

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