35 USCS Sect. 171

U.S. Patent Act

..Part II. Patentabililty of Inventions and Grant of Patents

....Chapt. 16. Designs

Sect. 171. Patents for 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.