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Types of Patent Protection: Utility Patent vs. Design Patent

Utility Patent

Can a Product Have More than One Type of Patent?

In a word, Yes!  Utility patents protect the functionality of an object.  Design patents only protect the ornamental appearance of the product.  They are much simpler, but are not as comprehensive.  The term of a design patent is for 14 years from the date of issue, while a utility patent is in force for 20 years from the date of application.

Design Patent

Utility Patents vs. Design Patents