INTRODUCTION

 

Welcome to the world of patents... that is, Design Patents.  Folks, there are only three kinds of patents:  utility patents, plant patents, and design patents.  As the name suggests, a "plant patent" may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.  A "utility patent" may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, compositions of matter, or any new useful improvement thereof...  while a "design patent" may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.  You see, a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works, while a design patent protects the way an article looks.  A few example of products that design patents can be granted include:  chairs, door-knobs, a shower caddy, game boards, puppets and dolls, and more.

 

Because a design patent protects the way a product "looks", and does not protect the way a product "works"...  it makes it a lot easier to be able to apply for and obtain a design patent than it is to apply for and obtain a utility patent.  You see, a utility patent must be "written"...  in  a particular style and format, whereas, with a design patent, you mostly fill out some forms and attach your drawings.  Applying for a design patent is also less expensive than applying for a utility patent...  and does not take anywhere near as long to receive either.  Because of these reasons, it is often suggested that people apply for a design patent "before" they write and apply for a utility patent.  This way, instead of just "diving right in", it gives you a chance to see how the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) communicates and operates first.

 

Easy Patents was created with all of this in mind.  Because it only focuses on Design Patents, it is very easy to read and understand.  The special forms that must be completed and sent in with your drawings/photographs are already in the book.  There are also sample drawings that will assist you with "your" drawings...  and original illustrations, that will actually "show you" how to complete the special forms that are in the book.  Also listed in this book are important U.S. government addresses and phone numbers that will allow you to contact them if you have any questions about your patent application.

 

With the aid of this book, it is now easier than ever before to become a U.S. Inventor, and do so without the use of a patent company/patent attorney.  Also keep in mind that a product does not have to be complicated in order to be a big seller.  Some of the biggest money-making inventions are very simple products, and remember...  simple products are less expensive to apply for and faster to obtain.  The main thing is "to get started"...  and then "stick with it"...  and with this book, you can do just that!

W.J. Scott Murphy

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