There are several issues to take into account when preparing a design patent application. These issues may range from fees to document types. In this article, we will examine the various documents that are necessary for design patent applications. We will also discuss common issues related to the standardization of controls across platforms. This article is meant to give designers and inventors a head start on the process. We hope that you will find this information useful. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Documents needed for a design patent application
A design patent application requires an extensive set of drawings revealing the complete visual disclosure of the claimed design. A sufficient number of drawings must be provided, depending on the type of design, and must include the front, back, left and right sides, top and bottom, perspective views, and more. An experienced draftsperson can ensure that the drawings present an accurate depiction of the claimed design. A broken line in a drawing could be an indication that the drawing is incomplete or introduces new matter.
Applicants must submit color or gray-scale drawings with a clear description of the design. US Examiners have become accustomed to seeing non-black-and-white drawings, but it’s still necessary to provide multiple views to illustrate the inventive ornament of a design. An Examiner may not allow a design patent application if the drawing is of an object or shoe that is merely a representation of a design.
Although color drawings are allowed in design applications, they are not guaranteed to meet US requirements. Photograph drawings, for example, may only show one view of the article of manufacture, and US design patent Examiners are accustomed to viewing seven views of an article. Applicants are encouraged to submit a descriptive title for their design to ensure that it can be properly assigned and classified. Moreover, the title must clearly identify the nature of the article in which the design is embodied.
The fees for design registration applications vary in accordance with the type of application. For the first five years of design registration, the fee is EUR50. The fees for subsequent years are EUR70, EUR80, and EUR100. Additional fees may be imposed for deferred publication, amending an application, recording transactions, and others. Listed below are the fees for the various types of design registration applications. To obtain a design patent, you need to apply in English.
The first renewal fee is due on 30 June 2022, with a 50-euro surcharge on payment received after these dates. After these dates, the design protection will expire. Failure to pay the full amount or the fee surcharge will result in lapsed design protection. The day of payment is critical to complying with the term. The day on which you make your payment will depend on the method you use. You must pay all fees by the due date to ensure the protection of your design.
The fee for design patent applications is $1,300 per applicant and includes the filing fee, associated documents, and prosecution fees. In addition, you will also have to pay for the services of a patent draftsperson, who can convert your 3D CAD drawings into the format required by the USPTO. You will also need to pay for attorney’s fees, which can add another few hundred dollars to the fees. When filing your design patent application, you should be aware of the fees.
Issues with standard controls across platforms
As design applications become more complex, the need to integrate standard controls across different platforms grows. Many companies have implemented proprietary control systems, but some prefer to use industry-standard controls. Moreover, the use of standard controls in a single design application allows a company to make subsequent platform extensions without undergoing extensive regression testing. But this is not always practical, especially in the medical device industry. As design environments become more diverse, the medical device industry faces challenges in implementing and using standard controls.