Design patents are directed to the “ornamental design” of a functional product. This means that instead of protecting the function of your invention, like a Non-Provisional Utility Patent, the Non-Provisional Design Patent would protect how your product looks. Depending on your invention and targeted market, design patents may be an important part of forming a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio. In many industries, such as the furniture industry and the fashion industry, design patents may be the best way to protect your invention, as well as to potentially commercialize your invention. Additionally, in some circumstances, it may be in your best interest to obtain a Non-Provisional Design Patent in conjunction with a Non-Provisional Utility Patent to protect your idea both functionally and aesthetically.
At Boudwin Intellectual Property Law, we can discuss your needs and goals to determine the appropriate type of patent application to file for your invention. We have experience drafting Non-Provisional Design Patent Applications and will ensure that your filing is handled diligently and professionally.