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Questions tagged [design-patent]

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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Can a specific idea for art be protected or patented?

Can a specific idea for art be protected or patented? Example: I draw a funny cartoon of an employee falling asleep at a staff meeting. Then I add a phrase making the art even funnier (at least for ...
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Patenting/protecting the design of a mechanism within an assembly

Let's say I designed a machine that can fold any type of clothing and hypothetically, this mechanical solution does not exist anywhere else. If that same mechanism was also applicable in say the ...
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How to deal with patents that others hold?

I am an aspiring inventor and in the best case scenario I will be developing smartphones but something that is a huge hurdle for me are the patents that other people hold. I mean one company patented ...
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How to protect the intellectual property of a document layout?

I want to protect the intellectual property of a design for a certificate (diploma) that is non-trivial and distinctive. Most of the distinctiveness of the design comes from the position of the ...
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How to search for examples of design patent applications?

I want to learn by looking at some examples of design patent applications. Is there a public repository of the history of a design patent application process as there are for trademarks? Thank you ...
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Finding GB Designs

I'm having trouble locating the pdf for what seems to be a GB Design which google patents indicates exist. Espacenet can't find it, Designview can't find it, there's no text/images in google patents. ...
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New data visualisation - Design or Utility patent

From what I have understood so far, a design patent is a form of legal protection granted to the ornamental design of a functional item. Design patents are a type of industrial design right. and a ...
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Am i infringing on this existing patent? i have build something based on existing patent ( improved)

Am I infringing the patent in this case? https://patents.google.com/patent/USD747895S1/en?oq=award+medal+rack [![enter image description here][2]][2] [2]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/XUKEx.jpgstrong ...
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how do you know if this patent is design or utility, as no marking is mentioned on the patent?

how do you know if patent is design or utility, as no marking is mentioned on the patent?
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Can I patent an idea for an app?

If i have an idea for an app, can I patent it so that no one else executes the idea first while I am still working on it?
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Office Action response on Design patent application

I received a 1st OA on a design patent application. The examiner advised me to convert screws in the drawing to broken lines and add a broken line statement to the specification indicating I am not ...
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Everything I need to file my design patent - application examples?

I have been searching for an easy sample application for a design patent. I feel The USPTO is not really that good at providing an example filing application bundle. I will be filing as a Micro Entity ...
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Why Cite a Patent when filing for a Design Patent? - Example

Why would one cite another patent, specifically when applying for a design patent (non utility)? I have seen design patents that have been cited by other patents. But also design patents that cite ...
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Modern Design Patent Drawings without Shading? - Example

I have been researching design patent drawings, and from what I read they typically have to be shaded, I just found an example of the GoPro Karma Drone Battery, and it appears to have no shading. Can ...
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Design Patent - Having all 7 drawings / figures on 1 page

Would it be acceptable to have all the drawings aka "the 7 standard views" for my design patent on a single page if they all fit well. The design is not very big, and I am able to fit all 7 figures on ...
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How to Patent Artwork Plus Captioning

I have an idea for a T-shirt design. It involves artwork plus captioning. Do I have to patent the artwork and the captioning separately? How does one afford such patents?
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beelinereader patent coverage

I am a fan of beelinereader, I want to use same idea to implement a reader app,in their website it is written that their technology is patented as here https://patents.google.com/patent/...
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same product without foil

In reference to the patent: US8317762 Does the patent still hold if the product does not use the same material, and some different ingredients?
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How can I tell if my product would infringe on a previous design patent?

I am looking to manufacture and sell a "cocktail shaker set" I've found a few patents that might prevent that, but I have no idea how patents work nor do I know if so.ething this broad can be ...
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One design patent for multiple interchangeable parts on a product?

Can I get a single design patent for a design with multiple interchangeable parts? Let's say I design a hat with multiple interchangeable decorative parts. You could buy the base hat with some velcro ...
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Should a 3D designer be on patent?

I am a 3D designer (SOLIDWORKS, AutoDesk, etc...) who does product design, mechanical engineering, 3D modeling for people with ideas for new products. I previously worked at a state educational ...
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What if I do not know how to design the circuit board for my idea?

Let's say I had thought of the idea of a "computer mouse", but I did not know how to design the circuitry. Would it be a safe thing to solicit the services of an expert? What type of protections ...
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Cost of a patent

I know the cost will probably vary greatly but what is the "average" percentage of each cost of the patent. If cost percentages varies between utility and design patents I would like to know primarily ...
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Is this a design or a utility patent?

In reference to the patent: US7878930
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Is this patent still legally protected? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US3166129
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Does a patent owner need to provide details of the patent on request?

If a product listing on a website is noted "PATENT" or "PATENTED", must the patent owner provide patent details such as a patent number when asked for from the general public?
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Could this be a design patent infringement?

I have a product that I am at the last stages of importing and have stumbled on a another product of similar design that is currently in application (29598689) of a design patent. As the product ...
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Creating a similar product to a patented product

In reference to the patent: USD613180 I am in interested in creating a similar product that cooks potatoes/vegetables in the microwave, but the name would be different and the design would include a ...
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What does this patent cover? USD705533

What does this patent actually cover? If there is a key holder with a completely different design etc. but the same theory does that infringe? I mean does the look/design just have to be different or ...
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Is a galley / kitchen layout for a small space patentable

A small space is like a camper, conversion van, or boat. Galley in this question is limited to sink, burner (hobb), and food preparation. Something like this: Cannot disclose the specific design ...
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A patent from a company and from private

It may be a silly question, but I cannot answer to myself. Let's say I have a big invention in my hands and I am working as engineer in a company. Are opening two main scenarios: Finalize the ...
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Design and Utility Patent for Same Invention, Ex Parte Quayle

Dear Patents Exchange! I have filed design patents and utility patent for my invention. The utility patent is still under examiner and I have received an Ex Parte Quayle decision on the design ...
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When to file a design patent

Each day I am getting closer to taking a prototype I have been working on to market. Before it goes public, I would file for a provisional utility patent to determine if it is even a viable product, ...
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1917 Patent US1239172 A

I just found this patent from Sept. 4, 1917 that my Great Grandfather designed and filed for patent in 1916. How would I find out if it was bought, used, etc.?
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Do i need to file multiple design patents if the product can use different country plugs

My design uses an integrated plug, for example US, EU, European plugs, do i need to file multiple design patents for the different plug options? Or is one plug ok to show the ornamental design for ...
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Can a U.S. design application claim priority of a foreign invention application?

I was always under the impression that inventions, utility models and designs can all claim priority using each other, with the exception that inventions cannot claim priority using a design ...
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Provisional patents for software

I am trying to submit my first provisional patent in the UK but I keep getting confused about what sort of information I should put in at this stage. I know I should put as much information as I can, ...
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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

I have an app whose purpose isn't novel, but the way the GUI helps serve that purpose is. There are many apps built for this same purpose, but not a single one of them have a GUI similar to mine. I'm ...
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I spoke to a patent attorney about an idea with a drawing.

He professed it wasn't worth anything and that it would be too costly to bring to market (this was maybe 7yrs ago). It is now showing a patent pending and is being marketed through several sources. ...
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Additional Design Patent as backup for a Provisional Patent (strategy)

I am considering filing both a provisional patent application and a design patent application. The design patent application would be a backup if the reviewer would abandon the provisional, so that at ...
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Infringement Issues

How does a company become competition for a company who has an existing patent on the product that we wish to sell? We are creating a foam roller company where our initial patent search did not ...
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Who gets credit on a patent?

I'm a student who I developing hardware/software for a product design that is going to be patented (applied). Am I being used? Or should I only do the work to develop the prototype if I get credit on ...
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Is this patent [US7611025] applicable in India?

In reference to the patent: US7611025 Is this patent [US7611025] applicable in India? Would appreciate if anyone could guide me on how to confirm the same.
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Can I patent an architectural design?

Can I patent an architectural design? I have a design that is very unique, but I am not sure if I can patent it. And how should I get it patented and from where? I live in India. Can I patent it in 2 ...
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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 product that is 6 years old be patented?

I am starting up a furniture company. I was working at another furniture company, but they are going out of business. None of their models had patents on them. The newest model has been being sold ...
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I would like to know if this patent is a design patent

In reference to the patent: US3281863
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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?