I have a Design Patent that was granted in 2007, and has 2 years left to run.
I also applied for a Copyright back in 2004, which was rejected by the Copyright office... but I have their letter, and a copy of my application, including the artwork I submitted.
The artwork is exactly the same for the Design Patent and the Copyright application.
So, if necessary, I could prove in a court that I submitted that design in 2004.
Does that effectively give me legal protection of my design?
And does it mean that, although my Design Patent expires in 2 years, I still have protection?
The design has been used in commerce (which I can prove).
Many thanks for any input.