Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A patent granted for a new design that is not obvious to those in the field of design, and that is used for ornamental reasons -- that is, the design does not affect the functioning of the underlying device. Design patents last for 14 years from the date the patent is issued. Compare: utility patent
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:14 pm