Posts in Design Patent Basics


Provisional Applications: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Provisional applications can be a very useful tool, but only when they are done right. When provisional patent applications are done poorly you not only obtain no …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 6

Design Patents 101 – Protecting Appearance Not Function

Design patents are, in my opinion, an unfortunately overlooked patent. While a single design patent is a weak form of protection, they can be obtained quickly, rather …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 5

Patent Strategy: Building a patent portfolio with meaningful rights

Last week I wrote about adopting a patent strategy in order to lay the foundation for success. What the article did not touch upon, however, is how …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues 700,000th Design Patent

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000th design patent during a ceremony with United States …
By U.S.P.T.O.
5 years ago 0

Design Patent Infringement: How to decide if you should sue

First, look at the merits of the infringement claim. They may be stronger than you think, and you can thank a 2008 ruling for that. That year, the …
By Jerold Schneider
5 years ago 1

A Brief History of Design Patents

Although the first Patent Act was enacted in 1790, it was not until some 52 years later that the US patent laws were modified to allow for the patenting …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 7

The Power of Portfolio: Strong Design Patents III

Broadening coverage by refiling cases has been a very effective strategy for Apple. The child patent, D593,087, was one of the patents they successfully enforced against Samsung …
By Mark Nowotarski
5 years ago 5

Strong Design Patents: The Power of Color

Ironically, color design patents are still published in black and white. The front page of a design patent will inform you, however, that the USPTO has a …
By Mark Nowotarski
5 years ago 5

Strong Design Patents: The Power of The Broken Line

Design patents can cover one or more of the shape, color, ornamentation or texture of an object. Design patents claiming a shape typically have line drawings showing …
By Mark Nowotarski
5 years ago 2

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

As the chart below demonstrates, design patent applications have been on the rise since 1975, but still in fiscal year 2011 there were just over 30,000 design patent applications filed. …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 36

Surprisingly, US Design Patent Filings Down in 2009

It is about that time of year where we start to wind down the old and prepare for the new. So with retrospectives on my mind I …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 7

Google Granted Design Patent on Search Webpage

On Tuesday, September 2, 2009, the mighty 1600 pound gorilla in the room, also known as Google, was granted a design patent on the look of its search webpage found …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 10

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