35 U.S.C. 173: Term of design patent

Taken from the 9th Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2022, Published February 2023

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35 U.S.C. 173 Term of design patent.

Patents for designs shall be granted for the term of 15 years from the date of grant.

(Amended Aug. 27, 1982, Public Law 97-247, sec. 16, 96 Stat. 321; Dec. 8, 1994, Public Law 103-465, sec. 532(c)(3), 108 Stat. 4987; amended Dec. 18, 2012, Public Law 112-211, sec. 102(7) (effective May 13, 2015), 126 Stat. 1532.)