Design Patent Applications

Protect the innovative appearance of your product with a design patent

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Design Review by Patent Agent

Draft Application for Client Review

File Application at USPTO

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Protect Your Unique Design

Design Patent Application

Starting at
+ USPTO Fees
  • Get Patent Pending Status
    For the ornamental design (appearance) or your invention.

  • 7 Professional Patent Drawings
    Front, Back, Left, Right, Top, and Perspective Views From your 3D model. (One embodiment only. A second embodiment will incur an additional $455.00 cost to produce 7 drawings.)

  • One Simple Claim

  • USPTO Fees Include: Basic Filing Fee, Search Fee, & Examination Fee

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DIY Design Patent Application

The affordable way to protect the appearance of your invention.
+ USPTO Fees (paid by client’s valid credit card)
  • You write it, we file it (Guidance documents are provided to lead you to drafting a strong patent)

  • Drafted USPTO forms

  • Online filing at the USPTO within 2 business days of receiving a completed invention disclosure form

  • 2 resubmissions maximum for form corrections ($20 for every resubmission over 2)

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Our Step-By-Step Process

Design Model and Documentation

Begin your design patent application journey by documenting your invention by utilizing our proprietary invention disclosure and providing our team with the necessary design files. This detailed documentation is vital for establishing a clear understanding of your innovation, setting the groundwork for a quality design patent application.

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Draft The Application

We meticulously prepare your design patent application, focusing on clearly illustrating the unique features of your design. This includes ensuring the visual representations align with the requirements of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

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Collaboration and Finalization

In this phase, we engage closely with you to refine and finalize the application. This collaborative process ensures that every detail of your invention is accurately captured in our draft. Our goal is to make sure you receive a high quality design patent application with the utmost attention to detail.

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File With The USPTO

The final step is filing your meticulously prepared design patent application at the USPTO. This significant move secures moves you to 'patent pending' status, a crucial milestone in the journey towards securing a utility patent. Our team is with you from beginning to end of the patent process.

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Avoid Additional Fees

Menlo Park Patents flat fee structure provides high quality patent preparation and prosecution at competitive pricing. However, we do charge for items not included in our standard packages. The additional charges for Design Patent Applications include preparing the figures of your invention when no 3D models are supplied. Follow our recommendations to avoid excess fees.

Design Application Additional Charges

  • Figure drafting: $65 / Figure

  • All other additional work: $125 / Hour


  • Supply your own drawings and 3D models of your invention to save time and money.

Steps to obtain a Design Patent

  • Protect your ornamental design, or the way your invention looks, with a Design Patent by gathering the necessary materials, such as drawings or photographs of your design. The most important aspect of the application are the figures depicting the uniqueness of your invention different from others, making it an innovation qualifying for a patent.

  • Be sure to submit all the different angles of the design in your drawings. Solid lines and figures with no hidden lines are the way to go! You can even use broken lines to further aid the examiner in understanding the invention. Providing details in the correct format will ensure that you do not incur extra fees or delayed processing of the application at the USPTO.

What products can be protected with a design patent?

  • Design patents do not protect the functionality of your invention or product but they do protect the ornamental design of the invention. In more, non-legal and boring language: they protect the way an invention looks or the outer appearance. You can receive design patents to protect a large number of products such as: clothing, women’s accessories, men’s accessories, shoe designs, fabric patterns, product housing, furniture designs, jewelry, or the outer appearance of electronic products.

  • According to the USPTO you cannot patent a design for a naturally occurring object or anything that is considered offensive to people of any race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic group, or nationality.

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