If you are a creative person, you’ve no doubt thought of ways to make objects that we all use more handy, attractive, or useful. Whether it’s something like a more comfortable backpack strap, an ergonomic chair, or a shampoo bottle that is easier to hang on to, you believe people would be eager to buy it. To make sure no one steals your idea, and you control who profits from it, you will need to patent your new design.
Types of Patents
To protect the aesthetics of your creation you will probably need a design patent, rather than an utility patent. Because the patenting process can be lengthy, and possibly expensive, it is important to be clear which type of patent to apply for. A design patent covers the non-functional, unique appearance of an item. It is applicable to changes in the appearance of the object, not its overall function. Utility patents are issued for designs that change or improve the actual function or utility of an object. It is often necessary to seek expert advice on this matter since the distinction may be difficult to determine.
To obtain a patent, images of your design are required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). You will need a set of precisely detailed design patent drawings. The drawings must be accurate, clear and complete. You may also need multiple views to establish the complete appearance of the design. Drawings details must clearly reflect the form, material and surface finish of the object. The object should appropriately fill the space, and the viewing angle must be appropriate. High quality, non-glossy paper should be used, and be free of erasures.
Solid black shading is only allowed to represent the color black and color contrast. Planes not visible through the surface cannot be used. Various line weights, line shading and stippling are used to show the size and surface contours of the object.
Photographs may be submitted in lieu of drawings, although they do not guarantee the same degree of protection. They must be taken under precise conditions, and seldom have the same level of detail drawings do. Photographs must be limited to the design only, with no background or extraneous objects visible.
Inventia Patent Drafting has helped many businesses and individuals to navigate this crucial aspect of the patenting process. Contact us to see how we can provide you with the professional design patent drawings you will need.