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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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1919
John Meredyth Lucas is born.
1923
Ralph Senensky is born.
1938
Charles Washburn is born.
1942
Dennis Creaghan is born.
Stephen Macht is born.
1967
First draft script of TOS: "The Changeling" is submitted.
First draft script for TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion" is submitted, titled "The Gamesters of Pentathalon".
1968
Story outline for TOS: "The Tholian Web" is submitted, titled "In Essence – Nothing".
1971
Boni Yanagisawa is born.
The Twenty-First UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #84 with the third of nine installments.
1986
Forty-ninth day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Pocket TOS novel Dreadnought! published.
1987
Original story concept for TNG: "The Last Outpost" is submitted.
1989
TNG: "Pen Pals" airs.
Revised final draft script for TNG: "Shades of Gray" is submitted.
1991
Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1992
Pocket TNG novel Imbalance published.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country premieres in Hungary.
1993
Pocket DS9 novel The Siege published.
1994
DS9: "The Maquis, Part II" airs.
Pocket TNG novel Debtors' Planet published.
1995
DS9: "The Die is Cast" airs.
VOY: "Cathexis" airs.
1996
Eighteenth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact. Dixon Hill holodeck scenes, featuring Ethan Phillips and Borg actors are filmed today.
1997
Pocket TOS novel Avenger published.
Pocket VOY novel The Black Shore published.
1998
Twenty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
1999
Pocket VOY novel Battle Lines published.
2000
Pocket Books Strange New Worlds anthology Strange New Worlds III published.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Next Generation volume 3.3 and Voyager volume 6.3 on VHS in the UK.
2001
Pocket DS9 novel Avatar, Book One published.
Pocket DS9 novel Avatar, Book Two published.
Pocket Books Strange New Worlds anthology Strange New Worlds IV published.
2002
ENT: "Vox Sola" airs.
Pocket Books Strange New Worlds anthology Strange New Worlds V published.
2003
Pocket Books Starfleet Corps of Engineers collection No Surrender published.
Pocket DS9 novel The Left Hand of Destiny, Book Two published.
2005
Jerry Zimmer dies.
2009
Ric Estrada dies.
2012
Seventy-eighth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
2015
Grace Lee Whitney dies.

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