A design patent application seeks patent protection for inventive ornamental design embodied in or applied to. In other words, this is the appearance and/or look of the design. We offer affordable patent writing and filing services by a USPTO Registered Patent Practitioner. In addition, U.S. & Hague Design Patents protect an inventive unique design (its appearance/look).

A design patent protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171). In addition, design patents are issued for 15 years from the issue date in the United States. As mentioned above, this means that the inventor will have the right to control their invention for the following 15 years. The requirements for design patenting are the same as utility patenting. The main difference between design and utility patents is the specification and drawings. Design patent drawings can be photos, however, precise scaled drawings are usually present in the best examples of design patents.

Design Patents Protect the Appearance of Your Unique Design.

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Design Patent Steps – Filing a Design Patent

In fact, Carson Patents offers expert patenting services for all types and kinds of patent applications. We offer patent services for non-provisional U.S. design applications and/or International (Hague) industrial design applications. We include complete and proper patent drawings when we write and file patent applications. Contact us about the steps to patent for your inventive unique design.

Our 5 steps to patent for patent applications meets with all of the requirements for either the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), or the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), or both. The following patent steps are best for all new inventions. We start with the prior art search to see what is out there now that is similar. The prior art is used to study patentability and determine whether there are allowable claims that we can write for the invention. Only if an invention is patentable, do we proceed to writing and filing a patent application.

  • [1] prior art search, 
  • [2] patentability evaluation, 
  • [3] design patent application writing, 
  • [4] application filing, and 
  • [5] patent prosecution.

Design Patent Application Costs

Generally, a patent application for a design will cost $1600 – $3200 to draw, write, and file. After filing, prosecution costs are usually under $1000. We have many with total costs to patent that are less than $3000 total for help with all the steps from the search through notice of issue. Also, please note that these costs only represent Carson Patents‘ fees and do not include the USPTO or WIPO application filing fee which varies by entity status. This type of patent costs less to get, because they are much simpler to write, file, and prosecute. Read more about how much it costs to patent an invention in our patent costs article.

Design Patent Examples

Patents on designs will protect the unique design of an invention. What an invention does can be equally as important as how it looks. Patents on designs exist to protect an invention’s visual value. There are many different types of designs, like the examples of listed below, that can benefit from having design patents allowed and issued.

Carson Patents offers affordable expert patent application services following our five step process. The 5 steps to patent are:[1] prior art search, [2] patentability evaluation, [3] application writing, [4] application filing, and [5] patent prosecution. The steps are the same, but the cost of seeking a patent for a unique design is less than the cost for a utility patent application.

One-Way Flow Spout Insert Design Patent Drawing

One-Way Valve – One-Way Flow Valve Insert – U.S. Patent – D919058

The one-way flow spout insert is a distinctive one-way flow device insertable into a valve, spout, straw, stem, or tube which may be attached to a liquid containment vessel.

Firearm Accessory Design Patent Drawing

Gun Grip Storage Device – Integral Firearm Accessory Having First Aid and Wound Care Capabilities – U.S. Patent – D915540

The integral firearm accessory having first aid and wound care capabilities is a distinctive insertable device used for securing and carrying emergency first aid treatment in the handle or stock of a firearm.

Attachment Band Design Patent Drawing

Action Figure Attachment Band – Attachment Band – U.S. Patent – D923107

The attachment band has a flat end on both ends of the device.

Dumbbell Water Bottle Design Patent Drawing

Sports Bottle – Dumbbell Water Bottle – U.S. Patent – D914512

The dumbbell water bottle is a distinctive dumbbell shaped water bottle.

Accessory Bag Design Patent Drawing

Travel Bag – Accessory Bag – U.S. Patent – D930982

The Accessory Bag is capable of being folded over.

Design Patent Help Available

Carson Patents offers the complete range of patent services needed to seek patent protection for your new unique ornamental or industrial design.

Patent Confidentiality. Invention disclosures to USPTO licensed patent practitioners are covered by client controlled privilege. 

Important Tip: When looking for expert patenting services help only a patent attorney or patent agent can prosecute patents for you.

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