While design patents and trade dress share many similarities, there are significant differences, including length of protection and ease of enforcement. Inventors and other IP holders need to be aware of these important distinctions.

The Investors Digest article is an edited version of an article Hopkins wrote for IPWatchdog.com.

Click here to read the article in Inventors Digest (page 40-41).

Julie Hopkins, a registered patent attorney, focuses her practice on trademark law and brings over a decade of intellectual property experience to the firm. Hopkins practices trademark prosecution, registration and enforcement in the United States and worldwide, including searching and clearance of brand names, logos, slogans, and trade dress. She practices in Womble Carlyle’s Baltimore office.