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Step 2: Complete the online application form; download forms for signature; upload scanned copies of the signed forms; and pay by credit card
Aesthetic designs protect the features of shape that are dictated by "eye-appeal", whereas Functional designs protect the features of shape that are dictated by the function the article is to perform.
"Spare parts" may not be filed as Functional designs.
Only portions that are "made separately" may be "disclaimed" by showing them in dotted lines.
For instance, one may not show select portions of an integrally made article in dotted lines, leaving other portions drawn in solid lines.
The explanatory statement assists a judge to understand the article. Reference symbols may be used, which are associated with reference symbols in the drawings.
An explanatory statement is required if a Functional design is filed for a circuit board layout.
Note: Filing and official fees are included in our filing fee. Downstream costs: Publication ($70); Courier ($110, optional); and Renewals.