The USPTO grants a design patent for any new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. It ONLY protects the appearance of the product and not its functionality. The term of a design patent has recently changed from 14 years from the date of issue to 15 years from the date of issue.
Title of Invention *
Assignee (owner)(if any) *
Prior Publication / Foreign Priority Data *
Related US Application Data *
Term Adjustment Data (if any)
Patent Examiner: USPTO employee who examined the application
Patent Attorney (if any): Legal counsel hired by the inventor
International Patent Classification (IPC): Used by more than 100 countries around the world (but not the U.S.)
US Patent Classification (USPC): * Used for classifying U.S. design patents.
Field of Search: * US classes cited by the examiner
Because design patents only protect the outward appearance of the invention, the application may only include a single claim. Typical language for a claim is: "The ornamental design for [object] as shown and described."
See Section 1500 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) for further detail.