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Detail of an Issued Design Patent

Design patents are a type of patent issued under United States of America law. (Other locations have similar protections but they are called different things.) The patent is granted based on the unique appearance or concept of an item rather than its "usefulness". Design patents typically are sought for items where the appearance is as - or more - important than the underlying craftsmanship itself. So, things like jewelry, toys, furniture, car parts, etc. are frequently granted design patents.

Design patents have a life in the US of fourteen years from the date of issuance. Their main usefulness is as a supplement to copyright protections. Whereas someone claiming a copyright in a work can prevent actual copies being made, a design patent can more easily be used to prevent the unauthorized creation of similar items which are not actually copies. Neither protection is absolute, but some counsel believe that having both is important where even the hint of similar design is a threat to the value of the original design.

From 1978 through 1987, Paramount Pictures sought and obtained various design patents for Star Trek designs. There seem to have been no other filings after 1987, and Paramount's legal department instead probably feels comfortable with existing copyright protections.

In each instance of a design patent at least one "inventor" has to be listed. The inventor can never be the corporation, it has to be an individual or individuals. It is sometimes interesting to see who gets credit for what on the official documents.
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Today in Trek history

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1920
Gene Sherry is born.
1925
Kay E. Kuter is born.
1933
Peter Canon is born.
1941
Bonnie Beecher is born.
1952
Peter Lauritson is born.
1961
Christopher Gilman is born.
1965
Story outline for TOS: "The Omega Glory" done by Gene Roddenberry.
Heather Rattray is born.
1966
2nd revised story outline submitted for TOS: "Dagger of the Mind".
1st draft teleplay submitted for TOS: "The Galileo Seven".
1968
Richard Bennett is born.
1970
The Twelfth UK Story Arc concludes in TV21 & Joe 90 #31 with the eighth of eight installments.
Craig Appel is born.
1975
Becky Wahlstrom is born.
Emily Bergl is born.
1981
Last strip of the It's a Living comic arc is published.
1986
Forty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Scenes, including Uhura and Chekov looking for nuclear vessels in downtown San Francisco are filmed on location today.
1988
TNG: "Skin of Evil" airs.
1991
Eighth day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Enterprise bridge scenes are filmed today.
1993
DS9: "Battle Lines" airs.
1994
Twentieth day of filming on Star Trek Generations.
Eighth and final day of filming on DS9: "The Jem'Hadar".
1996
Robert Hamner dies.
Fourteenth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
Star Trek Monthly issue 15 released.
2001
VOY: "Friendship One" airs.
2006
Pocket ENT novel Last Full Measure is published.
2012
Seventy-fourth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
2013
TNG Season 3 Blu-ray theatrical showings are held.
2015
Don M. Mankiewicz dies.

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