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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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1907
Reggie Nalder is born.
1924
Harold Livingston is born.
1930
Ryan MacDonald is born.
1938
Nicholas Worth is born.
1948
Michael Berryman is born.
1957
Patricia Tallman is born.
1966
Gene Roddenberry shows the original version of TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" at the annual World Science Fiction Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. This marks the first showing of Star Trek: The Original Series to the general public. Soon after, to the request of convention goers, Roddenberry also screens a black-and-white print of TOS: "The Cage".
1971
The Twenty-Fourth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #102 with the second of five installments.
1982
Last strip of the thirteenth comic story arc is published.
1987
2nd revised final draft script for TNG: "Justice" is submitted.
1990
Final draft script for TNG: "Reunion" is submitted.
1991
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "The Game".
1992
Fourteenth day of filming on DS9: "Emissary".
Final draft script for TNG: "True Q" is submitted.
Final draft script for TNG: "Rascals" is submitted.
1995
VOY: "Initiations" airs.
1996
VOY: "Basics, Part II" airs.
2000
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Next Generation volume 3.7 and Voyager volume 6.7 on VHS in the UK.
2001
Third day of filming on ENT: "Breaking the Ice".
2002
Second day of filming on ENT: "The Seventh".
2003
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "The Shipment".
2011
Dave Hoover dies.

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