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Design Patent Applications

Starting at $995*

About Design Patent Applications

Design patents protect the ornamental appearance of an invention, not how the invention functions. As such, design patents are less expensive and still allow you to legally claim "patent pending" while the application is pending at the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO). 

However, Design Patents are not considered as strong as utility patents (assuming you can get a utility patent, which is much more difficult). 

Many clients do both utility and design patent applications, since the design patent is so inexpensive, so likely to get approved, and will likely be granted more quickly. In fact, the design patent may be the first arrow you can shoot at a competitor, since utility patents often take 2 to 3 years just to get to the examination.
Below is a more complete comparison with utility patents. Be sure you understand the ramifications of filing a design patent if you're just trying to save money... you may be advised to file a provisional patent application and then follow-up a year later with a utility patent. We can help you make that decision... please ask if you are at all unsure.

Benefits

Inexpensive (compared to Utility Patents)
Allows you to legally indicate "patent pending" after filed
Good for protecting items with ornamental or aesthetic appeal (i.e.., clothing, consumer electronics enclosures, sunglasses, etc.)
Filing fees are less expensive than utility patent
More likely to be granted than utility patents (~95% vs ~50%)
Unlikely to be initially rejected by the PTO (95% allowance rate)
Tyipcally granted in about one year instead of two-to-three years

Drawbacks

Protects "ornamental appearance" only, not "how it works" or utility aspects
Only 15 year duration instead of 17-20 years with utility patent
Does not protect "how" the invention works
Drawings more expensive ($125/sheet vs. $100) because they're more detailed
Only covers one design, not multiple designs of the same product.
Awarded Patents

How Many Clients 
Trust QuickPatents?

QuickPatents has filed over 2,200 patents on behalf of our clients!  This astounding number is easily confirmed by clicking on the button below to be taken to a third party patent search website.  The link includes the search for "QuickPatents" so all the documents are patents that QuickPatents has filed on behalf of our customers.
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What's Included?

All Design Patents Filed By QuickPatents Include

Cover Sheet and Title Of Invention
Brief Description of the Drawings
(see drawings typically required with design patents HERE »)
One Claim (design patents can only have one claim)
Up to Three Drawing Sheets
(additional sheets are $125/sheet)

Just $995

(US Patent Price. Does not include government fees)
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* Design Patent Application fee is for patents filed in the United States and does not include government filing fees.

Note: Design Patents revolve around the very detailed, complex drawings that are required. As such, these drawing sheets are typically billed at $125 per sheet as opposed to $100 for utility patents. Please see the patent drawing and samples pages for further information and examples. We need very detailed sketches or photos of a prototype, from all angles (front, back, left side, right side, top, bottom, and one perspective view--see the design patent example for all of the views that are required). We can't do the patent drawings without these views, so these photos or sketches, or an actual product sample, are required before we can begin work.

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