Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory
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Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory

Second Edition

Edited by Toshiko Takenaka

This significantly updated second edition of the Research Handbook on Patent Law provides comprehensive coverage of new research for patent protection in three major jurisdictions: the United States, Europe and Japan.
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Chapter 16: Design patent–utility patent intersection

Xuan-Thao Nguyen


Designs are important to both innovators and consumers. Legal protection for designs is critical in encouraging innovative designs in the age of complex technology. As shown in this chapter, the law for designs protection is still evolving, and confusing. Design patent law, the step-sibling of utility patent law, and trade dress law are the two primary areas where designs are currently protected.

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