Posts Tagged: united states design patent


The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2016

To come up with the list below I’ve reviewed all of our patent articles, and have come up with these top 10 patent stories for 2016. They appear …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 7

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

Typically an inventor wants to protect the function of the invention when at all possible. But what if you cannot get a utility patent because the underlying …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

The Differences Between Design Patents and Trade Dress

Design patents cover visual, nonfunctional characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture. They may relate to the configuration or shape of an article, the …
By Julie Hopkins
1 year ago 1

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Damages for Design Patent Infringement

Recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding damages available in design patent cases highlight the court’s divergence from its …

Hoverboard raid at CES the result of effective patent enforcement

Future Motion launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the earliest prototypes of the OneWheel on January 6th, 2014. Within 24 hours, the project had already collected 40 percent of …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 25

CES Seizure order against alleged patent infringers issued by the Las Vegas federal district court

While we tend to think of Las Vegas’ tourism-based economy as built on gambling, trade shows also bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city each …

2015 IPO Report Shows Continued Growth for Design Patents

This years' list of the top 50 companies having been granted design patents was dominated by technology, automotive, and consumer product companies, with foreign corporations representing more than 40% …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
2 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.
3 years ago 0

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
4 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
4 years ago 5

IPO Report Shows Design Patent Filings Continue to Rise

Design patents are essential in protecting the ornamental design of consumer products and their components; the intense litigation of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuits stressed the importance …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
4 years ago 1

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
4 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
4 years ago 2

Congress Considers Significant Limits to Design Patents

Where exactly does the right to have a repaired vehicle look exactly like a new vehicle come from?  I don't find that in the Constitution either, but …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 35

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
6 years ago 36