Design Registration in the USA

Protecting your design in the USA is a crucial step to safeguard your intellectual property rights in one of the world's largest and most competitive markets. At Liesegang & Partner, we provide comprehensive services to ensure your design registration process in the USA is seamless and efficient. Our expert team is here to help you navigate the complexities of the American IP landscape.

EUR 2,450.00
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Alternatively Registration via Hague Agreement possibleYes
Protection Period (years)15
Power of Attorney must be notarizedNo
max period of protection maximum (years)15
Legal AdviceYes
Flat fee incl. official feesYes
When was your design first shown in public (date)?
Date of first application
EUR 2,450.00

Details for Design Registration in the USA

Our Services

When you choose our design registration service, you receive full support from our experienced IP attorneys. Our services include:

  • Initial Consultation: We discuss your design and determine the best strategy for registration.
  • Document Preparation: We prepare all necessary documents, including drawings or photographs of the design.
  • Application Submission: We submit the application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and monitor its progress.
  • Follow-Up: We provide updates on the status of your application and address any issues that arise during the examination process.
  • Certificate Delivery: Once your design is registered, we send you the official registration certificate.

Legal Requirements and Basics

Formal Requirements


Designs are classified according to the Locarno Classification, an international classification system for industrial designs. Correct classification is essential to ensure comprehensive protection.

Application Procedure:

The application must include a request for design registration, drawings or photographs of the design, and a brief description. Ensuring your design is novel and does not conflict with existing designs is crucial.

Scope of Protection:

Once registered, the design protection covers the appearance of the product, including its shape, pattern, or combination thereof. This protection is limited to the visual aspects and does not extend to technical or functional features.

Cancellation Proceeding:

A registered design can be challenged and potentially invalidated if it is proven to lack novelty or if it was improperly registered. Such proceedings are conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Term of Protection:

The term of protection for a registered design in the USA is 15 years from the date of grant.


To maintain protection beyond the initial term, it is possible to renew the registration before the expiration date. Failure to do so will result in the loss of protection.

Novelty and Originality

To qualify for design registration in the USA, the design must be novel and original. This means it should not have been disclosed to the public anywhere in the world before the filing date.

Eligible Designs

Designs that can be registered include industrial designs related to the shape, pattern, or combination of both, and the combination of color with shape or pattern. The design must be applicable to industrial or handcraft products.

Ineligible Designs

Designs that are purely functional or have been published before the application date are not eligible for protection. Additionally, designs that violate public order or morality are excluded from registration.

Examination Process

The USPTO examines the application for compliance with formal requirements and conducts a preliminary examination to check the novelty and originality of the design. If the design meets all criteria, it proceeds to registration.

Enforcement of Rights

Once registered, the design owner has exclusive rights to use the design and can take legal action against any infringement. This includes the right to seek damages and injunctions to prevent further unauthorized use.

Our Services

  • Comprehensive Consultation We provide expert advice on the eligibility and classification of your design to ensure it meets all legal requirements for registration in the USA.
  • Application Preparation Our team assists in preparing and filing the application, including drafting descriptions, creating necessary drawings or photographs, and ensuring all formalities are met.
  • Monitoring and Maintenance We offer monitoring services to keep track of your design registration status and provide timely reminders for renewals to ensure continuous protection.
  • Legal Representation In case of disputes or cancellation proceedings, our experienced attorneys represent your interests before the USPTO and in court, ensuring your rights are vigorously defended.
  • Strategic Advice We provide strategic advice on how to leverage your design registration to maximize its commercial value and integrate it into your broader IP strategy.

Benefits of Design Registration

  • Exclusive Rights: Gain exclusive rights to use and commercially exploit your design.
  • Deterrence of Infringement: Legal protection deters potential infringers and enhances your position in the market.
  • Market Advantage: Strengthen your competitive edge by securing your unique design.

Common Challenges

Complex Procedures: Navigating the registration process in the USA can be complex and requires a thorough understanding of local laws and regulations.
Enforcement Issues: Enforcing design rights in the USA can be challenging due to varying levels of IP awareness and enforcement practices.

Tips for Successful Registration

Conduct a Prior Art Search: Before filing, conduct a thorough search to ensure your design is novel and does not infringe on existing designs.
Use Professional Services: Engage experienced IP attorneys to handle the application and protect your interests.

Contact Us

For personalized assistance and expert guidance on registering your design in the USA, contact Liesegang & Partner today. We are committed to protecting your intellectual property and helping you navigate the complexities of IP law.


Securing your design registration in the USA is a critical step in protecting your intellectual property and maintaining a competitive edge in the global market. At Liesegang & Partner, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and expert legal services to ensure your design is fully protected. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in navigating the complexities of design registration in the USA.

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