Intellectual Property

Design Patents: The Tortoise Or The Hare?

Unsung form of protection was key component in Apple's victory

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


The famous fable by Aesop, "The Tortoise and the Hare," is often thought of as describing a race between unequal partners. Design patents are also often thought of as being the unequal, lesser partner of utility patents. While design patents provide protection of a more narrow scope than their utility patent brethren, much like Aesop's tortoise, the steady rights provided by design patents can be very formidable when used properly.

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