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To complement George White's excellent answer, I'd like to focus on the following phrase in the USPTO guidance: The drawings or photographs should contain a sufficient number of views to completely disclose the appearance of the claimed design... While it then goes on to suggest front, rear, right and left sides, top and bottom as well as perspective views,...


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The USPTO guidance on drawing views is very clear and copied below. If you were claiming an icon on a computer screen you would most likely have a single view since it is flat with no side, top, back etc. If one or more surfaces were completely flat that could be conveyed in the text of the description. The drawings or photographs should contain a ...


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The benefit to the applicant, if it is a U.S. application, is otherwise any patent you get might later be torn up for violating your duty of disclosure whatever you know about significant prior art. If this is a U.S. application, you must cite it in an IDS document. Mentioning it in the body of the application is optional. There is a very important duty to ...


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For a US patent issued in the last few decades you can look it up in Public PAIR. It has a non-user friendly interface to initially look up an application's history. Within that public record you can find the name and contact information for the patent attorney or agent if they used one. Also in the file wrapper tab you will find all of the documents filed ...


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By citing another patent in your application, you are making the patent examiner aware of relevant prior art. In no way do you obtain a claim on the cited patent's claims. Indeed, you are going to have to explain why your invention is different and inventive from existing prior art. I'm not a patent attorney so the why's of when it is beneficial I'll leave ...


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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 ...


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