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October 7, 2014
by Axel
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Computer rendered drawings in design patents

It used to be that computer renderings were an exception among design patents. But they appear to become more common. In the automotive world Toyota has been filing their designs as computer renderings for a while. This week patents assigned … Continue reading

August 10, 2014
by Axel
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Why get a design patent on this …?

Yet another interesting design patent that published earlier this week. Seems like a cool idea. But I wondered: Why would anyone try to obtain a design patent on an assembly, if all the ingredients are well known (cloth pin, tee and golf … Continue reading

August 10, 2014
by Axel
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Utility vs Design Patents

A novel product may well be covered by both a utility patent and a design patent. The design patent will only protect the novel, ornamental features of the patented design, not its function. In case of US Design Patent D710181 it seems … Continue reading

April 24, 2014
by Axel
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Apple’s Design Patent Prosecution Practice

One may assume that Apple and their outside council know a thing or two about design patents. Recently I looked through the file wrapper of their Lightning Connector design application 29/426,587. Here are some observations: The Design Application was filed on July … Continue reading

March 30, 2014
by Axel
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Samsung Windows Phone

Reading rumors about a Samsung Windows phone (e.g. here): Well, given the design patent D701533 that published March 25th this seems to be valid… judging by the typical Windows layout of a phone screen.

A chair for geeks

December 15, 2013 by Axel | Comments Off on A chair for geeks

Decorative chairUS Design Patent D0694534 published this week. Looks like a perfect gift for geeks.