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patenting an idea

Patricia Dobine-Brewer

patenting an idea
« on: February 27, 2017, 01:21:31 PM »
How do you know what to file a patent under to insure the best protection for an idea? Design, Utility? I have an unusual Necktie and bow tie design and currently have Provisional Patent Pending status.


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Re: patenting an idea
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 09:17:16 AM »
First I would ask "What is it about your necktie that makes it unique?"

If your answer is the way it looks (shape, design, pattern, etc) than you should probably file a "design patent".

If your answer is the way it works (i.e. the way it ties around the neck) than the answer is probably a "utility patent"

In some cases we can file both a design and a utility patent. 

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