Design Patent

Visual ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture.

The subject matter of a design patent application may relate to

  • the configuration or shape of an article,
  • the surface ornamentation applied to an article, or
  • the combination of configuration and surface ornamentation.

A design for surface ornamentation

  • is inseparable from the article to which it is applied and cannot exist alone, and
  • must be a definite pattern of surface ornamentation, applied to an article of manufacture.

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