Lid for a Container


                                  Exclusion Cage for Use with bird Feeders


                                  Image of a Silicone Glove





                                  Television Set


                                  Vehicle

                                  US Design Patents - Classification and Popularity

                                  In the United States a design patent can be granted for a "new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture". It may only have a single claim. A design patent lasts for 14 years from the date granted. Design patents MUST be for the design and not the function or utility of an invention.

                                  Where a design contains both functional and non-functional elements, the scope of the claim will be construed in order to identify the non-functional aspects of the design as shown in the patent.

                                  Furthermore, the scope is limited to the "overall ornamental visual impression". Designs that are hidden in their end use, or are necessary for the proper functioning of the device are not ornamental and therefore not patentable as a design patent.

                                  Below are a few examples, as well as an index of the 33 design classes. The column labeled "popularity" shows the relative number of patents in each class with an orange graph:

                                  D04 Brushware

                                  Electric Toothbrush
                                  (Pictured: Electric Toothbrush)
                                  (Assignee: Braun)
                                  D06 Furnishings

                                  Ergonomic Desk Chair
                                  (Pictured: Task Chair)
                                  (Assignee: Herman Miller)
                                  D09 Containers for Goods

                                  Chewing Gum Tin
                                  (Pictured: Chewing Gum Tin)
                                  (Assignee: Starbucks)
                                  D10 Measuring Instruments

                                  Seiko Spring Drive Dial
                                  (Pictured: Watch Dial)
                                  (Assignee: Seiko Watch Co.)
                                  D12 Transportation

                                  Car Dropon Kit

                                  (Pictured: Automobile body molding kit)
                                  (Assignee: Veilside)
                                  D19 Office Supplies

                                  Duck Financial Transaction Card
                                  (Pictured: Duck Financial Transaction Card)
                                  (Assignee: Target)
                                  D32 Cleaning Machines

                                  Dyson Invention
                                  (Pictured: Vacuum Cleaner)
                                  (Assignee: Dyson)
                                  D99 Miscellaneous

                                  Automatic Teller Machine
                                  (Pictured: Automated Teller Machine)
                                  (Assignee: Diebold)

                                  ClassTitlePopularity
                                  Edible products
                                  Apparel and haberdashery
                                  Travel goods and personal belongings
                                  Brushware
                                  Textile or paper yard goods; sheet material
                                  Furnishings
                                  Equipment for preparing or serving food or drink not elsewhere specified
                                  Tools and hardware
                                  Packages and containers for goods
                                  Measuring, testing, or signalling instruments
                                  Jewelry, symbolic insignia, and ornaments
                                  Transportation
                                  Equipment for production, distribution, or transformation of energy
                                  Recording, communication, or information retrieval equipment
                                  Machines not elsewhere specified
                                  Photography and optical equipment
                                  Musical instruments
                                  Printing and office machinery
                                  Office supplies; artists` and teachers` materials
                                  Sales and advertising equipment
                                  Games, toys, and sports goods
                                  Arms, pyrotechnics, hunting and fishing equipment
                                  Environmental heating and cooling; fluid handling and sanitary equipment
                                  Medical and laboratory equipment
                                  Building units and construction elements
                                  Lighting
                                  Tobacco and smokers' supplies
                                  Cosmetic products and toilet articles
                                  Equipment for safety, protection, and rescue
                                  Animal husbandry
                                  Washing, cleaning, or drying machine
                                  Material or article handling equipment
                                  Miscellaneous




                                  Pattern for an embossed wipe


                                  Image of Soap Dispenser
                                  Drawing of Soap Dispenser



                                  Food Container with Side Compartment and Engageable Rim Feature



                                  Set of Cuttlery
                                  Cuttlery Set



                                  Shoe


                                  Pic of Drawer Organizer
                                  Drawer Organizer

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