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Design Patent – The Patent Terminology Explained

 
In the United States a design patent is a patent granted on the ornamental design of a functional item. Design patents are a type of industrial design right and are similar to registered designs that are available in other countries including the UK. Ornamental designs of jewelry, furniture and computer icons are examples of objects that are covered by design patents or registered designs. US utility patents protect the functionality of a given item and are equivalent to a UK patent.
 
For a UK resident the best option is often to file a patent or registered design in the UK first and then extend your application for a patent or design registration in other countries at a slightly later date. This helps spread payments and you can retain your UK filing date in most cases. For more information about this you should contact a Chartered Patent Attorney. (We can recommend Attorney’s if necessary. Contact us.)
 
All UK patents have to be registered with the UK Intellectual Property Office (formerly known as the Patent Office). To register your patent you need a detailed patent application including:
 
  • Knowledge of how the idea is going to work
  • Drafted claims describing the unique functionality of the idea
  • Drawings of your concept
Once these elements are defined a patent can be registered by post or online. D2M can help in various ways:
 
  • Designing the idea and finalising how it will work
  • Creating suitable patent drawing.
  • Drafting the wording of the patent application
It may be prudent to prototype the idea before registering a patent (for further information read this article: Patent or Prototype First? ). D2M builds all manner of prototypes from fabric based products to mechanical devices and plastic moulded concepts.
 

The Next Step in Patenting your Idea

 
If your idea needs developing before registering your patent, or you need help drafting your patent application, then request our Free Innovation Guide or book a meeting to discuss things further (we offer free initial telephone or in person consultations):
 
 

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