Examples of Design Patents
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.
Examples of Utility Patents
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
Table of Contents
- Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
- Examples of Trademarks
- Examples of Design & Utility Patents
- Stopping Illegal Imports of Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents
- Website Links
- Articles, Webinars, Seminars
- SEMA Show IP Enforcement Policy