Design Patent Applications

Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture

The patent laws provide for the granting of design patents to any person who has invented any new, original, and nonobvious ornamental design for an article of manufacture. The design patent protects only the appearance of an article, but not its structural or functional features.

A design patent has a term of 14 years from grant, and no fees are necessary to maintain a design patent in force. The specification of a design application is short and ordinarily follows a set form. Only one claim is permitted, following a set form that refers to the drawing(s).