design is the ultimate differentiator
In today’s marketplace, design often helps differentiate a product more than functionality. Design patent protection provides coverage for the aesthetic details that distinguish a product in a meaningful way, rather than the underlying functionality itself (which is what the utility patent covers). Common subject matter for design patents includes, but is not limited to, furniture, household appliances, computer icons and interfaces, vehicles, toys, medical equipment, jewelry and even food items.
Design patents have a number of advantages, including a low overall cost, a high rate of success and adding diversity (value) to your patent portfolio. Keep in mind the drawings required for this type of application are highly technical. In some instances, a simple error in the drawings is not correctable and will prove fatal to one’s effort in receiving a patent. Gearhart Law will guide you in the design patent process to ensure a smooth and profitable design patent experience.