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      Lid for a Container


      Exclusion Cage for Use with bird Feeders


      Image of a Silicone Glove





      Television Set


      Vehicle

      US Design Patents - Classification and Popularity

      In the United States a design patent can be granted for a "new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture". It may only have a single claim. A design patent lasts for 14 years from the date granted. Design patents MUST be for the design and not the function or utility of an invention.

      Where a design contains both functional and non-functional elements, the scope of the claim will be construed in order to identify the non-functional aspects of the design as shown in the patent.

      Furthermore, the scope is limited to the "overall ornamental visual impression". Designs that are hidden in their end use, or are necessary for the proper functioning of the device are not ornamental and therefore not patentable as a design patent.

      Below are a few examples, as well as an index of the 33 design classes. The column labeled "popularity" shows the relative number of patents in each class with an orange graph:

      D04 Brushware

      Electric Toothbrush
      (Pictured: Electric Toothbrush)
      (Assignee: Braun)
      D06 Furnishings

      Ergonomic Desk Chair
      (Pictured: Task Chair)
      (Assignee: Herman Miller)
      D09 Containers for Goods

      Chewing Gum Tin
      (Pictured: Chewing Gum Tin)
      (Assignee: Starbucks)
      D10 Measuring Instruments

      Seiko Spring Drive Dial
      (Pictured: Watch Dial)
      (Assignee: Seiko Watch Co.)
      D12 Transportation

      Car Dropon Kit

      (Pictured: Automobile body molding kit)
      (Assignee: Veilside)
      D19 Office Supplies

      Duck Financial Transaction Card
      (Pictured: Duck Financial Transaction Card)
      (Assignee: Target)
      D32 Cleaning Machines

      Dyson Invention
      (Pictured: Vacuum Cleaner)
      (Assignee: Dyson)
      D99 Miscellaneous

      Automatic Teller Machine
      (Pictured: Automated Teller Machine)
      (Assignee: Diebold)

      ClassTitlePopularity
      Edible products
      Apparel and haberdashery
      Travel goods and personal belongings
      Brushware
      Textile or paper yard goods; sheet material
      Furnishings
      Equipment for preparing or serving food or drink not elsewhere specified
      Tools and hardware
      Packages and containers for goods
      Measuring, testing, or signalling instruments
      Jewelry, symbolic insignia, and ornaments
      Transportation
      Equipment for production, distribution, or transformation of energy
      Recording, communication, or information retrieval equipment
      Machines not elsewhere specified
      Photography and optical equipment
      Musical instruments
      Printing and office machinery
      Office supplies; artists` and teachers` materials
      Sales and advertising equipment
      Games, toys, and sports goods
      Arms, pyrotechnics, hunting and fishing equipment
      Environmental heating and cooling; fluid handling and sanitary equipment
      Medical and laboratory equipment
      Building units and construction elements
      Lighting
      Tobacco and smokers' supplies
      Cosmetic products and toilet articles
      Equipment for safety, protection, and rescue
      Animal husbandry
      Washing, cleaning, or drying machine
      Material or article handling equipment
      Miscellaneous




      Pattern for an embossed wipe


      Image of Soap Dispenser
      Drawing of Soap Dispenser



      Food Container with Side Compartment and Engageable Rim Feature



      Set of Cuttlery
      Cuttlery Set



      Shoe


      Pic of Drawer Organizer
      Drawer Organizer

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