Will a Design Patent protect my invention?
If it is truly the shape of the product that makes it unique, then a design patent can provide very effective protection against copycats.
If, however – the uniqueness of your invention is something other than its shape, something about its functionality – then a design patent probably isn’t the best primary form of protection.
Thus, if what’s different about your idea is functional, then ultimately, it’s a utility patent that you’d be looking for.
Often for functional inventions, while a utility patent can provide the primary protection, a design patent can be quite useful in providing secondary protection.
What are the steps toward getting a design patent?
- Patent Evaluation to determine appropriateness of a design patent
- Prepare and file a design patent application
- Review, approval, and grant of design patent by Patent Office
Each patent and idea is unique and so is every situation
We understand that and work with our clients to understand the nuances and develop an individual and appropriate patent and intellectual property strategy.