Original Designs

Section 1301 of the U.S. Copyright Act extends ten years of protection to “original designs,” i.e., “an original design of a useful article which makes the article attractive or distinctive in appearance to the purchasing or using public,” which “provides a distinguishable variation over prior work pertaining to similar articles, which is more than merely trivial and has not been copied from another source.” The statutory subsection also includes protection for boat hull-forms.

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