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Design Patent

A design patent is issued for a new and ornamental design embodied in or applied to an article of manufacture. Design patents are intended to separately protect only the ornamental aspect of an invention for a term of 14 years from the date of grant, and not its function.


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a U.S. copyright law that was enacted on October 28, 1998. Among its key provisionsm, the DMCA: criminalized production and dissemination of technology which circumvented digital rights management (DRM); criminalized the act of circumventing access control regardless of actual copyright infringement; and limited the liability of service providers for copyright infringement by its users.