How do you file a design patent application? How is it different from a utility patent? How do you know if your product qualifies? Here is your complete guide! (FREE resources included below…) ⏬
Registered USPTO patent attorney, J.D. Houvener from Bold Patents Law Firm, explains how to file a design patent application!
Below we have provided resources and timestamps with brief explanations for each step of how to file a design patent application.
Quickly find what you are looking for by clicking on the timestamps below.
➡️3:00 Step One: The Novelty Search
✔️Just like utility patents, design patents require an extensive search to determine the invention or product’s novelty.
✔️Searching for similar shapes is not easy–make sure a patent professional is involved!
➡️3:58 Step Two: The Preamble
✔️The Preamble includes the title and the inventor or inventors.
✔️Just like the title of a utility patent, this title should be as short and simple as possible.
➡️6:15 Step Three: Cross-References
✔️Give credit to the shapes designs that came before yours.
➡️ 6:54 Step Four: The Claim
✔️This couldn’t be more different from a utility patent claim!
✔️Your claim will be exactly this: “The ornamental design as shown and described.”
➡️ 7:13 Step Five: Descriptions of Figures
✔️Drawings are the heart of the design patent.
✔️All surfaces must be shown and properly shaded.
➡️8:42 Step Six: Solid or Dashed? Know the Difference!
✔️Whether lines are solid or dashed is of utmost importance in design patents!
✔️Dashed lines represent parts of the design that are not being claimed within the patent.
✔️Areas that are dashed could look like anything in a final product!
➡️10:52 Step Seven: Time to Submit
✔️Once you get all the paperwork finalized, it’s time for your application to go off to the USPTO.
✔️Time to sit back and relax–you’ve done it!
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🔹 Check out our detailed blog article that shares how to file a design patent application in more depth: https://boldip.com/blog/file-design-patent/
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