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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Once I submit patent forms can I start selling my invention and it be protected?

Basically I want to know if once I submit the micro patent form, is my invention protected if I start selling it to companies?
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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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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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Is this a design or a utility patent?

In reference to the patent: US7878930
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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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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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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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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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Does functionality block ornamental protection in design patents?

I have finished a design patent for an antenna. This effort was based on the existence of many design patents for antennas in the USPTO... https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts#q=antenna&tbm=pts&...
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Is It Possible to Notify Small Infringers With An Informal Letter

I was just issued a design patent 10/27/15 (application filed 2/13). The problem is that in the last 2.5 years since I applied for it, many small vendors have taken my design and are selling it ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 search,...
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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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How to patents a design Idea for a device [closed]

Good day, Please how do I get a patent for a design Idea that I have so that Someone doesnt not go behind to create the same device and I loose in all? Thank you
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Way to Claim a theoretical model of how a device works for under $200

I have recently come up with a very interesting concept in engineering that I would also like to share with peers. However, I am relatively fearful that someone may hear the idea and make it or patent ...
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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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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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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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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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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 of ...
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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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How to Compare 2 Patent data

I have a question How to compare Patent data like if we compare the patent data of the 2000 to 2016 it will show us how much technology has been used in these years. Compare 1 https://worldwide....
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Addition To Patents

If you have a vending machine that distributes beverages on the left side and cooks and distributes pizza on the other. Could this be patent? even though vending machines have already been patented ...
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Can design patent be renewed?

The lifetime of design patent is 14 years (for designs which were filed before May 13, 2015) / 15 years (for designs which were filed on or after May 13, 2015) from the date of grant.
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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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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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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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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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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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I would like to know if this patent is a design patent

In reference to the patent: US3281863
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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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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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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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How can I file a PCT patent from Non PCT country?

I want to file a international patent from Non PCT country.But my country is a member of Paris Convention. How can I file an international patent from my country?
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Design Patent of a product that has been sold in the market for years

thanks for reading this post. I listed a product online to sell. But my competitor claimed that I infringed his design patent. I looked at the patent and it looks exactly like the product I am ...
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Is this patent still legally protected? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US3166129