Design Patents – Year in Review

Companies continue to see the value of design patents.  Nike, Inc. is ranked 5th in the United States in the number of design patents granted to it in 2016, with a total of 275 issued design patents.  Number one on the list is Samsung, with 1,629 issued design patents, above Apple Inc. with 433 issued design… Continue reading Design Patents – Year in Review

Damages for Infringement of Design Patents – Supreme Court Clarifies Rules in Apple v. Samsung

Apple Inc. is known for the number of patents it owns. Apple doesn’t just own patents, it actively engages in enforcing its patents.  This includes a case against Samsung that has been winding its way through the courts for years, where Apple claims that Samsung infringed some of Apple’s iPhone patents.  This case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and… Continue reading Damages for Infringement of Design Patents – Supreme Court Clarifies Rules in Apple v. Samsung

Design Patent for Consumer Products

In today’s competitive marketplace a successful business product will likely draw competition, and competitors may try to copy the successful product.  This is especially true in the field of consumer products. A design patent is a cost-effective way to protect successful consumer products from infringement. A design patent protects the design of an invention.  Often,… Continue reading Design Patent for Consumer Products

DESIGN PATENTS — The IP Solution for Many Small Businesses

By: Sharon Adams May 2014 The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  commemorated the issuance of the 700,000th design patent, for a “Hand-Held Learning Apparatus” currently assigned to the Emeryville, California-based LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. A design patent often is an excellent intellectual property solution for many small businesses, especially businesses selling a product. If… Continue reading DESIGN PATENTS — The IP Solution for Many Small Businesses