U.S. Patent Act
..Part II. Patentabililty of Inventions and Grant of Patents
....Chapt. 16. Designs
Whoever invents any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title [35 USCS Sects. 1 et seq.].
The provisions of this title [35 USCS Sects. 1 et seq.] relating to patents for inventions shall apply to patents for designs, except as otherwise provided.