It is quite a complicated question to answer. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. And to decide which one is better is dependent on what you need it for. Both design and utility patents are issued by the national patent offices. But they have very different purposes and features and protect different things. Between the Utility drawings patent and the Design drawings patent. The biggest difference is that utility patents protect how a thing works. And the design patent protects the way a thing looks. There are a few objects for example say an iPhone. They can get protection from the utility as well as the design patent.
Utility drawings explain and protect the way the invention works. In the Utility patent. it doesn’t matter how a product looks from the outside, what matters here is only the functioning. Any kind of decorative element is not a part of a utility patent. In recent times there have been several tests put up which the new utility patent must meet.
Firstly the patent needs to be one of its kind – means no one should have done it before. Secondly, the invention for which you are getting the utility patent must be both useful and no –obvious. By law in almost all countries. If the invention is capable of being rendered in an illustration. Then a drawing must include along with the application. Even if there is an invention where you feel a drawing may not be necessary. It is always a good idea to include drawings in such cases too. To put together a utility patent application is an involved process. Getting a utility patent might take you several years and a good amount of money. The Protection from a utility patent lasts for about 20 years starting from the filing date of the application.
A Design Patent Drawing protects the way a product looks. Why a Design Patent drawing is required is because it prevents people from copying. And making an exact replica of your design. With the help of a design patent drawing. One can protect the configuration or shape of the object. In general, the process involved in getting a design patent is much simple. As compared to the process involved in getting a utility patent.
We can also file utility or a design patent. But it is always advisable to use the services of a patent attorney. And a patent illustrator who can help you thoroughly through the process of filing the patent. The process is a little complex and it is best to give it in the hands of the professional to save time and money. Both Design and utility patents need illustrations and for that, you would need to contact Digital Suntech. They will take you through the entire process without much hassle. Get in touch with the illustrators of Digital Suntech to get your patent as soon as possible.