Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Chapter 1500: Design Patents

Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised in November 2015

Chapter 1500: Design Patents

1501: Statutes and Rules Applicable

1502: Definition of a Design

1502.01: Distinction Between Design and Utility Patents

1503: Elements of a Design Patent Application Filed Under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16

1503.01: Specification

1503.02: Drawing

1504: Examination

1504.01: Statutory Subject Matter for Designs

1504.01(a): Computer-Generated Icons

1504.01(b): Design Comprising Multiple Articles or Multiple Parts Embodied in a Single Article

1504.01(c): Lack of Ornamentality

1504.01(d): Simulation

1504.01(e): Offensive Subject Matter

1504.02: Novelty

1504.03: Nonobviousness

1504.04: Considerations Under 35 U.S.C. 112

1504.05: Restriction

1504.06: Double Patenting

1504.07 - 1504.09: [Reserved]

1504.10: Priority Under 35 U.S.C. 119(a)-(d), 386(a) and (b)

1504.11-1504.19: [Reserved]

1504.20: Benefit Under 35 U.S.C. 120

1504.21-1504.29: [Reserved]

1504.30: Expedited Examination

1505: Allowance and Term of Design Patent

1506-1508: [Reserved]

1509: Reissue of a Design Patent

1510: Reexamination

1511: Protest

1512: Relationship Between Design Patent, Copyright, and Trademark

1513: Miscellaneous