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The project I am working on consists of multiple designs. Does a patent for each different shape have to be filed even though they all have only one intention?

posted Wednesday 25 of May 2011 by Anthony [intellectual property]   2 comments

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If you're filing a US design patent application, you can have more than one embodiment that has significant common features throughout the embodiments. International design patent applications can have many different designs in
one application.

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Thursday 26 of May 2011 – posted by Anthony
With more embodiments, are there additional fees associated with that?

Thursday 26 of May 2011 – posted by Dr. Patentstein
Yes, in an international application, there is a nominal additional fee if the page count exceeds a certain limit, but relatively insignificant. For a US design application, there is no additional fee for additional related embodiments.

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