A design patent is a specific type of patent that last 14 years from the date of issue. Unlike utility patents, which protect concepts, design patents protect the ornamental appearances of articles of manufacture.
Design patents can be powerful intellectual property rights:
They can also present significant threats to business profits. The disputes between Apple and Samsung made this abundantly clear:
Basic design patent searching for the U.S. is $1,200 for one design. This can be a useful search for use in conjunction with expedited design patent filings or invalidity proceedings.
We also have custom design patent searching, starting with $4,000 retainers and hourly rates, with detailed searches of U.S. and foreign databases.