Lid for a Container

Exclusion Cage for Use with bird Feeders

Image of a Silicone Glove

Television Set


US Design Patents - Classification and Popularity

In the United States a design patent can be granted for a "new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture". It may only have a single claim. A design patent lasts for 14 years from the date granted. Design patents MUST be for the design and not the function or utility of an invention.

Where a design contains both functional and non-functional elements, the scope of the claim will be construed in order to identify the non-functional aspects of the design as shown in the patent.

Furthermore, the scope is limited to the "overall ornamental visual impression". Designs that are hidden in their end use, or are necessary for the proper functioning of the device are not ornamental and therefore not patentable as a design patent.

Below are a few examples, as well as an index of the 33 design classes. The column labeled "popularity" shows the relative number of patents in each class with an orange graph:

D04 Brushware

Electric Toothbrush
(Pictured: Electric Toothbrush)
(Assignee: Braun)
D06 Furnishings

Ergonomic Desk Chair
(Pictured: Task Chair)
(Assignee: Herman Miller)
D09 Containers for Goods

Chewing Gum Tin
(Pictured: Chewing Gum Tin)
(Assignee: Starbucks)
D10 Measuring Instruments

Seiko Spring Drive Dial
(Pictured: Watch Dial)
(Assignee: Seiko Watch Co.)
D12 Transportation

Car Dropon Kit

(Pictured: Automobile body molding kit)
(Assignee: Veilside)
D19 Office Supplies

Duck Financial Transaction Card
(Pictured: Duck Financial Transaction Card)
(Assignee: Target)
D32 Cleaning Machines

Dyson Invention
(Pictured: Vacuum Cleaner)
(Assignee: Dyson)
D99 Miscellaneous

Automatic Teller Machine
(Pictured: Automated Teller Machine)
(Assignee: Diebold)

Edible products
Apparel and haberdashery
Travel goods and personal belongings
Textile or paper yard goods; sheet material
Equipment for preparing or serving food or drink not elsewhere specified
Tools and hardware
Packages and containers for goods
Measuring, testing, or signalling instruments
Jewelry, symbolic insignia, and ornaments
Equipment for production, distribution, or transformation of energy
Recording, communication, or information retrieval equipment
Machines not elsewhere specified
Photography and optical equipment
Musical instruments
Printing and office machinery
Office supplies; artists` and teachers` materials
Sales and advertising equipment
Games, toys, and sports goods
Arms, pyrotechnics, hunting and fishing equipment
Environmental heating and cooling; fluid handling and sanitary equipment
Medical and laboratory equipment
Building units and construction elements
Tobacco and smokers' supplies
Cosmetic products and toilet articles
Equipment for safety, protection, and rescue
Animal husbandry
Washing, cleaning, or drying machine
Material or article handling equipment

Pattern for an embossed wipe

Image of Soap Dispenser
Drawing of Soap Dispenser

Food Container with Side Compartment and Engageable Rim Feature

Set of Cuttlery
Cuttlery Set


Pic of Drawer Organizer
Drawer Organizer