Design patent protection has become very important in today’s high stakes, competitive markets. A design patent protects an article’s appearance, versus a utility patent protecting its construction or operation. Design patents have been issued to protect the designs of the iPhone 7 cellular phone, MacBook Pro laptop computer, Apple Watch wristwatch and Beats headphones, all of which have significant competitive value separate and apart from their functions.

Companies like Google and Facebook protect their graphical user interface designs through….

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