Reasons to file through us

Design Protection - Control Who Can Make, Use, or Sell Your Design with a Design Patent

Design protection

Control who can make, use or sell your design; and use the term "patent pending" or "patent issued."

Filing of Your Design Patent Application by a USPTO-Registered Patent Attorney or Agent

Professional guidance and preparation

A USPTO-registered patent attorney or agent will help prepare and file your application.

Professional Patent Drawings - Get Technical Illustrations Prepared by a Professional Illustrator

Technical illustrations

A professional illustrator will draft your design according to USPTO requirements.

Design patents vs. utility patents

A design patent protects an item's unique ornamental design—how it looks. A utility patent protects how an item is used and works. Design patents are generally less complicated than utility patents and can be easier and cheaper to get. If your invention has a unique design and unique functionality, you may be able to file both a design and a utility patent application.

Compare design and utility patents

What qualifies for a design patent?

For your design to qualify for a design patent, these two things must generally be true:

  • The design is a part of the item and can't be separated from the item. For example, a label design on a wine bottle wouldn't qualify for a design patent, but a unique design of the bottle itself might qualify.
  • The design is purely ornamental and does not affect the item's function.
More design patent basics

Copyright, trademark and patent: what's the difference?

Play Video

How it works

Our 3-step process is fast and easy.

Complete a Simple Questionnaire - Get Started with Your Design Patent

1. Complete our design patent questionnaire

Professional Design Patent Application Review - Patent Attorney or Agent Review

2. A registered patent attorney or agent reviews your information

Design Patent Filing - Design Patent Filed with the USPTO by a Patent Attorney or Agent

3. Your attorney or agent prepares and files your application with the USPTO

For a more detailed view of our process, click here.

Get Started Today



+ federal filing fees

Standard package details:

A registered patent attorney or agent will review your information and provide suggestions for improvement.

Professional preparation of your design patent application.

Technical drawings by a professional illustrator.

Electronic filing of your application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

FREE non-disclosure and confidentiality forms for discussing and marketing your invention.



+ federal filing fees

Includes everything from Standard, plus:

A comprehensive design patent search to identify similar and related patents.

Ask away. We have answers.

Common questions

How long does a design patent last?
The term of a design patent is 14 years, beginning on the date the patent is granted. Design patents are not renewable and require no maintenance fees.
How long will it take to prepare my application?
The process of preparing the application and technical drawings generally takes 2—3 weeks. Once the application is filed, you may legally label your design "patent pending" for the period that your application is awaiting approval.
What's the difference between a design patent and a trademark?
Both can be used to protect designs, but the two offer different protections.

A design patent protects a new and original ornamental design of an article of manufacture. A trademark protects a name, logo, symbol or drawing that's used to distinguish a brand.

In certain circumstances, a single design might be eligible for both patent and trademark protection.

A specialist is here to help

Customer Care

(888) 791-0227

We're available Mon-Fri 5am to 8pm PT and Weekends 7am to 4pm PT

American FlagOur agents are based in California and Texas.

Speak with an attorney

Attorney photo

Get legal advice from an independent attorney at a price you can afford.

Pricing starts at $23.99/month

Start Customizing Your Power of Attorney
Get Started
It's about Peace of Mind

File your design patent application starting at $899 + fees

You're just steps away from protecting your unique design.

Learn more about patents

Design Patent — Apply for a Design Patent Online with LegalZoom

A design patent protects the unique, non-functional appearance of a manufactured item and grants you the right to prevent others from manufacturing, using, selling or importing items with your design. If you want to patent an idea, it's a good idea to understand how to get a patent first. LegalZoom simplifies the process of applying for a patent. The process begins with completing an online questionnaire and submitting sketches or drawings of your invention. A USPTO-registered patent professional will provide a patent consultation by phone and a technical illustrator will prepare the professional patent drawings according to USPTO requirements. Your patent agent will then prepare your design patent application and file your application with the USPTO electronically. The USPTO assigns a patent examiner to review your patent application and determine whether to grant a patent. While your application is awaiting approval, you can legally label your design "patent pending". Get started with the design patent application process today. When you apply for a patent through LegalZoom, you'll receive professional review and preparation by a USPTO-registered agent, technical patent illustrations drafted by a professional illustrator, and filing with the USPTO for an affordable price. 

ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT: This portion of the LegalZoom website is an advertisement. This portion of the LegalZoom website is not a lawyer referral service or prepaid legal services plan. The sole basis for the inclusion of this advertisement is the payment of a fee for exclusive advertising rights. LegalZoom does not endorse or recommend any lawyer or law firm who advertises on our site. We do not make any representation and have not made any judgment as to the qualifications, expertise or credentials of any participating lawyer. The information contained on this site is not legal advice. Any information you submit through this site may not be protected by attorney-client privilege and may be provided to attorneys for the purpose of determining your need for legal services. All case evaluations are performed by a participating attorney.

To see the attorney in your area who is responsible for this advertisement, please click here. If you live in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming, please click here for additional information.

This advertisement and all attorney services may be subject to additional terms and conditions, located on the website of each attorney. Please visit the website of the sponsoring attorney in your area for more details. Any arrangement made by you and your attorney is strictly between you and them.

©, Inc. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: Communications between you and LegalZoom are protected by our Privacy Policy but not by the attorney-client privilege or as work product. LegalZoom provides access to independent attorneys and self-help services at your specific direction. We are not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. We cannot provide any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies. Your access to the website is subject to our Terms of Use.