What is a Design Patent
A US patent application that cover any new, original and ornamental design for a product of manufacture, such as the 3D configuration of a product like a vase, door knob, fender of a car, a desk phone and the like. A Design Patents have a term of 14 years in the US and protect only the appearance of the article and not structural or useful features. Appearance includes visual ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture, including configuration or shape of an article, surface ornamentation applied to an article, or to the combination of configuration and surface ornamentation of an article of manufacture. The written document of a design patent application includes a title, technical field, description of the drawings, a claim, and one or more drawings of the invention. There is not a provisional design application.
How much does a Design Patent cost
US Design Patent: The attorney time to prepare a US design patent application having title, brief description of the drawings of the preferred and selected alternate embodiments, and a claim~$1600-2000 (estimate); however, the price depends on complexity of your invention, number of drawings, number of embodiments. Plus a filing fee of ~$550 (estimate) payable to USPTO (depends on number of claims, figures, total page count), and $100 per page formal drawing draftsman charge. Time to prep: 1-2 weeks.~$1600-2000. Please note, I can only quote a range since I do not know the details of the invention. Any additional service are at $300 an hour.
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