As recent high-profile cases by technology giants Apple, Samsung and others demonstrate, design patents can offer significant value as part of a broad, well-considered patent strategy. While most attention is nearly always put toward protecting an invention’s inner workings, patenting the exterior design can provide overlapping protection and enhanced competitive advantage. Especially in the consumer products industry—where how a product looks can be just as important as how it functions—design patents can be particularly valuable.
Due to our years of experience working with consumer products, industrial tools and other industries with products featuring distinct ornamental designs, our attorneys can quickly recognize the unique aspects of an invention’s design and devise a comprehensive design patent strategy. We analyze the invention from every angle—leaving nothing on the table—utilizing both design and utility patents to achieve the strongest patent protection possible.