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
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