Automobile Hood, SLP Performance Parts, Inc. [Design Patent No. D418,465]
Vehicle Wheel Front Face, American Racing Equipment, Inc.
[Design Patent No. D367,461]
Cylindrical Pleated Air Filter With Top and Sidewall Filtering Areas,
K & N Engineering, Inc. [Design Patent No. D403,414]
o Benefits of Design Patent Registration: Like the trademark registration, a valid design patent shows that you are the true owner of the ornamentation that adorns the product. U.S. courts will accept the patent as proof of the exclusivity of the design. Once again, it is the mechanism that allows you to protect your unique intellectual property and then seek protection in the courts.
A utility patent protects an object’s structure or utilitarian features, but not its ornamental appearance. In other words, it protects how an object operates or functions.
Kearns: Delayed Windshield Wiper System – Patent No. 4,339,698
Humphreys, Breed, and Thuen: Air Bag Assembly for Motor Vehicles – Patent No. 5,348,340