Design and Utility Patents

Utility patents, also known as “patents for invention,” protect a product’s functional and practical aspects, such as the way it works or how it is used. They cover new and useful processes, machines, manufactured articles, and compositions of matter. For example, a utility patent might protect how a new kind of smartphone works or a new kind of surgical instrument.
On the other hand, design patents protect a product’s ornamental or aesthetic aspects, such as its appearance or design. They cover new, original, and ornamental designs for an article of manufacture. For example, a design patent might protect the unique shape of a bottle or the unique pattern on a piece of clothing.
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