17 U.S. Code § 1302 - Designs not subject to protection

Protection under this chapter shall not be available for a design that is—
(1) not original;
(2) staple or commonplace, such as a standard geometric figure, a familiar symbol, an emblem, or a motif, or another shape, pattern, or configuration which has become standard, common, prevalent, or ordinary;
(3) different from a design excluded by paragraph (2) only in insignificant details or in elements which are variants commonly used in the relevant trades;
(4) dictated solely by a utilitarian function of the article that embodies it; or
(5) embodied in a useful article that was made public by the designer or owner in the United States or a foreign country more than 2 years before the date of the application for registration under this chapter.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 105–304, title V, § 502,Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2906; amended Pub. L. 106–44, § 1(f)(1),Aug. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 222.)
Amendments

1999—Par. (5). Pub. L. 106–44substituted “2 years” for “1 year”.

 

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