Design Patent

A design patent provides protection for a new, original, and ornamental appearance of an invention or product. Design patents are best suited for ornamental products or products where a lot of investment is made into how the product looks. A design patent may also be suited for protecting an improved or new look to an existing product, such as, bottle with a new shape. If your product or invention is primarily decorative or ornamental you may need a design patent. The term of a design patent is generally fourteen (14) years from the date the patent is granted.

A design patent provides the exclusive right to the product or invention for a limited time period in exchange for the inventor disclosing the invention to the public. A design patent will prevent anyone from manufacturing, selling, or otherwise profiting from your product or invention in the United States and its territories.

While a design patent may offer legal protection, you may or may not need additional protection, such as a trademark and/or copyright. It is also important to understand the process of patenting your product or invention before you begin the process. To ensure that you get complete and appropriate legal protection for your product or invention you should contact Maxey Law Offices to schedule an initial consultation.

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