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    Default Will Adding to the Design of a Design Patent Support a New Patent

    Hi,
    I have a Design Patent with 3 of the initial 14 years unexpired.

    It's a clock face - numbers around the outside, with a design in the center of the clock face.

    If I add wording on the frame of the clock (i.e outside of the patented clock face design), could that form a new patent application, either now or in 3 years time?

    Similarly, if I add a swinging pendulum (with a design on it) to the clock, could that also form a new patent application?

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: Will Adding to the Design of a Design Patent Support a New Patent

    You can make whatever new designs you want -- if you get a new design patent, it will protect the new work, not the old work. Consider looking for protections under such theories as copyright, trademark or trade dress.

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