Design protection offers you the possibility to use the phrase “patent pending” or “patent issued” with your design, depending if your patent has or has not already been issued. It also offers you the possibility to control who has the right to make, use or sell your design.
Obtaining a design patent can be a difficult and long process. That is why we offer you professional guidance and preparation, including a USPTO-registered patent attorney or agent which will guide you along the way and help you in preparing and filing your application. You will also benefit from the help and expertise of a professional illustrator which will draft your design according to USPTO requirements, making sure you have the best technical illustration for your application.
For all your life you have been in love with beauty and functionality. Nothing in your house is out of place and everything that is important has been adapted or improved by you to better serve its purpose. Your friends are always asking your advice when buying stuff for their homes, and for some time you have been actually modifying what they buy or building them useful objects from scratch. If this is the case, you are for sure destined to create incredible, nice and useful things. Maybe you have already gathered your ideas and sketches and you are planning to take a chance and sell it to somebody else than just your friends and neighbors. But before going nationwide or even local with your products and design, make sure your ideas are protected and nobody can steal them from you. Who knows, one of them might keep you financially safe for life, if you take the right steps.
There is more than one way to protect your rights and it is important to choose the right one. If your work can be considered as pertaining to an artistic class such as painting, sculpture, photography, etc., you can choose to register for copyright. The major disadvantage of registering for copyright is that you can lose your protection for any minor change to your work. You must also be careful to evaluate correctly the utilitarian function of your design. If your creation has obvious utilitarian functions, then it is less suitable for copyright protection and more suitable for design patent, which is intended to protect industrial articles. A design patent covers the aesthetic elements of your creation and it gives you the right to be protected against any other object that is substantially similar to yours.
The main advantage of a design patent is its broader scope which offers more protection than a copyright. Obtaining a design patent is also less complex than a utility patent, which is another way you could protect your creation. There are significant differences between inventions or creations that can be protected by copyright, design patent or utility patent. It is important to study each one and choose the most advantageous way to protect your creation.
You can use the evaluation questionnaires on our website to identify the best way to go in protecting your creation or you can contact us directly for more information.