Drawings, Drawings, Drawings!
The scope of a US design patent is defined by the patent’s drawings, right? But what if the drawings don’t show the design applied to the “article of manufacture” claimed in the patent? The Federal Circuit recently held that the language of a design patent’s claim can also limit the scope of the patent. The patent at issue related to an overlapping “Y” design for a mesh material, and claimed “the ornamental design for a pattern for a chair, as shown and described.” The patent