October 17, 2012 | Toy Industry Association Newsletter

The Best Deal in Patents: Design Patents and the Role They Play in Protecting Toys and Games

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Often times when people think of patents, they think of what are known as “utility” patents.  Utility patents protect the functional aspects on an invention, for example, how a device works, or the specific combination and configuration of components that make up the device.  However, there is also another category of patents, which are known as “design” patents.  Design patents protect the ornamental appearance of an invention.

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