MPEP 1505
Term of Design Patent

This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 08.2017, Last Revised in January 2018

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1505    Term of Design Patent [R-08.2017]

35 U.S.C. 173 Term of design patent.

Patents issued from design applications filed on or after May 13, 2015 shall be granted for the term of fifteen years from the date of grant.

On December 18, 2012, the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) was signed into law. The PLTIA among other things sets forth provisions implementing the 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs ("Hague Agreement"). These provisions (Title I of the PLTIA) took effect on May 13, 2015. As a result, U.S. design patents resulting from applications filed on or after May 13, 2015 have a 15 year term from the date of grant. However, patents issued from design applications filed before May 13, 2015 have a 14 year term from the date of grant.