Design Patent There is a difference between design patents, trademarks, copyrights and utility patents -- and sometimes clients feel they don't understand what it is.  The differences are difficult to summarize in a few sentences, but we'll try generally: a trademark protects a 2D design or phrase, a deisgn patent protects the way a 3D design looks (but not how it functions), a copyright protects lengthy blocks of text, music, images and the like, while utility patents protect the utility (or function) served by an invention.  Below are examples of demonstrative desgin patents filed on a variety of miscelaneous items.
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