design patent

design patent
: a patent granted to one who has invented any new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture

under a design patent the appearance of the article rather than its mechanical function receives protection — Harvard Law Review

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  • Design Piracy Prohibition Act — The Design Piracy Prohibition Act, H.R. 2033, S. 1957, and H.R. 2196, were bills of the same name introduced in the United States Congress that would have amended Title 17 of the United States Code to provide sui generis protection to fashion… …   Wikipedia

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