+ Design Patents and Registered Designs
In the United States, protection of a product design is primarily by way of design patent, while in most other countries, product design is typically protectable by a registered design right. Although the laws governing design patents and registered designs may at first glance appear to be substantially similar, these laws often vary among different countries and regions. For example, the laws governing design patents and registered designs may differ as to whether protection can only be obtained for an entire article or for particular features or parts of an article, the extent of protection available for replacement parts of an article, and the permissible ways in which a design may be presented in an application.
Ladas & Parry has extensive experience in not only drafting and prosecuting design patents within the United States, but also in drafting and prosecuting design registrations in other jurisdictions. Moreover, longstanding relationships with professional draftspersons and other IP associates from around the world enables us to serve as a single point of contact for clients interested in obtaining design registrations in multiple countries and regions.