MPEP 1500

Design Patents

Quick Statistics:

Number of Pages:  79 pgs
Sections:  1501 – 1513

Brief Summary:

The details of design patents are discussed here. Design patents protect the way an article “looks” as opposed to how an article “works” (which is provided in a utility patent). The design must be embodied in or applied to an article or manufacture, it cannot exist alone.

There are many unique properties of design patents that are discussed here as well.

Key Terms:

DesignDouble PatentingExpedited Examination
Utility PatentSpecificationNovelty

37 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations):

37 CFR 1.152Design drawings.
37 CFR 1.154Arrangement of application elements in a design application.

35 USC (United States Code):

35 USC 171Patents for designs.
35 USC 173Term of design patent.

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