Many Companies Now Protect Product Design

Have you heard of a design patent? Maybe someone you know mentioned this as a less expensive alternative to a “regular” U.S. patent.

The U.S. patent laws actually define three basic types of patents:

• utility patents
• design patents
• plant patents
Utility patents are by far the most common type of patent. To date, almost 9 million have been issued by the u.s. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).



Reprinted with permission of The Business News

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