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Question #6  

Q6: I have a design patent, not a utility patent; is it worth anything?
A: No. Design patents protect an ornamental feature, not a function, and their usefulness in excluding competition is minimal. By itself, a design patent has little value. A design patent might only have a value in a rare circumstance as part of an existing company portfolio which would have to include other bolstering utility patents, trademarks, copyrights, business assets and/ or goodwill. Unfortunately, many of the fraudulent invention promotion companies filed numerous worthless design patents as a way of bilking aspiring inventors. We don't get involved with marketing design patents. Sorry!

The above is general marketing information. The above is absolutely NOT intended as legal advice; please consult your attorney for all legal matters.

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