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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.
*$255 govt fee assumes you are classified as "micro entity" by USPTO. If you have filed more than 4 non-provisional patent apps in the past, or have an annual income of greater than $212,352, you may be classified as "small entity" or "large entity" which requires a $510 or $1,020 govt fee
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.|