All businesses have tangible assets: buildings, machines, and accounts receivable. Companies have intangible assets too: trademarks, patents, copyrights, reputation, and goodwill. SEMA places a high premium on the protection of trademarks, patents, and copyrights, also known as intellectual property (IP). Through this guide, we will describe these types of IP, the benefits of getting a mark or patent registered with the appropriate federal authorities, the application process, and the benefits of registration.
design patent is heavily dependent upon the drawings to communicate the
features sought to be protected (as opposed to utility patents which
rely on the written word to describe how the good is new and unique).
The focus of the design patent is on the ornamental design of an
article, namely, the visual characteristics or aspects of an object.
The filing fee for a design patent starts at $390.00, plus legal fees.
Here are a few examples:
Automobile Hood, SLP Performance Parts, Inc. [Design Patent No. D418,465]
stimulate private investment in new, useful and non-obvious
technological information (inventions) through the granting of
exclusive property rights to the patent holder.
1. What is a patent?
The subject matter of patent is the invention or discovery of any
new and useful process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter,
or any new and useful improvement of a previously existing process,
machine, manufacture or composition of matter. Patents may also
protect ornamental features (designs) rather than the function of