Jackson, WY asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Wyoming

Q: Im designing a shoe similar to another brand in design, but find no patents for ornamental design, how can this be?

I understand companies use tricky terminology to describe their patents, is there a way to search just footwear patents?

2 Lawyer Answers
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Washington, DC

A: Many shoes are patented as utility patents rather than ornamental designs. I suggest you contact a patent attorney to assist you with your search.

Best regards,

Liliana Di Nola-Baron, J.D., Ph.D.

Attorney at Law




Bernard Samuel Klosowski agrees with this answer

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick

A: Searching for patents takes a lot of practice and experience. Often it will take multiple searches to conduct a thorough "clearance search" for patents.

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