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Drawings that meet design patent application requirements, shaded to show your design’s depth and form.
Design patent writing necessary for a design patent application
You will receive an official receipt from the US Patent Office confirming acceptance of your patent application and showing your patent application number.
It's the first step before a patent application! First, you learn how patentable your invention may be. If it's not very patentable, don't waste time and money on a patent app. Second, it may help you increase your patentability. By seeing what is similar, you can improve your invention around other existing invention and increase patentability.
|A design patent protects how your invention looks||A utility patent protects how your invention works|
To protect both how your invention looks and works, you will want to file both design and utility patent applications.
|Design Patent||Utility Patent|
|Protects the shape of the invention only.||Protects how the invention works.|
|Does not stop someone from making the invention if they make it with a different exterior shape.||Can stop someone from making the invention, regardless of the invention's shape.|
|Cannot explain how the invention works and how it is put together.||Must explain how the invention works and how it is put together.|
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