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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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