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Patents Aren’t Necessarily Rocket Science

Posted by innovativeip on August 4, 2010

In case you are wondering, two common types of U.S. patents are utility and design.  Utility patents protect functionality, and have a 20 year term, and design patents protect appearance, and have a 14 year term.  Today’s Patent of the Day is a design patent, and so essentially has no text, only images.

Today's Patent of the Day

U.S. Patent no. D218,264, issued August 4, 1970, for the design of a “toaster”.  I find this interesting for a few reasons.  First, it brings back memories of college life, where a toaster oven that looked just like this was a staple for cooking up frozen pot pies (6/$1.00!), and even before that, memories of my friend Lois and her sweet mother who used this toaster oven to make us cheese toast on late, lazy pre-teen sleepover mornings.  Good times.  Second, it exemplifies that “ornamental” (in the design patent world) does not have to mean “ornate”.  Simplicity can be a distinguishing feature.  And, I’m a fan of simplicity.  There are no additional pages to this patent, but you are invited to visit to see all of the Patent of the Day patents at your leisure.  Enjoy!


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