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Design Patent Prosecution: Practice Tips

We recently looked through dozens of design patents that entered the US under the Hague system and went either abandoned or were allowed after amendment. Based on what we have found we prepared a Practice-Tip: US Design Patent Prosecution.

The practice tips highlights five common issues that lead to the rejection of a design patent application foreign applicants should be aware of:

  1. Attempt to claim more than one design in an application.
  2. Insufficient Disclosure.
  3. Inconsistent Drawings.
  4. Poor Quality of Drawings
  5. Undeliverable Mail
  6. Claiming graphics without article.