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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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1932
Ted Cassidy is born.
1939
France Nuyen is born.
1941
Matthew F. Leonetti is born.
1961
Doug Wert is born.
1962
Chris Kreski is born.
1966
Final draft teleplay submitted for TOS: "Dagger of the Mind".
1967
Rudolf Martin is born.
Lou Simon is born.
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Mirror, Mirror".
1968
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "The Empath".
1971
The Twenty-Third UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #97 with the third of six installments.
1977
The story treatment "In Thy Image", which evolved into Star Trek: The Motion Picture is submitted.
1979
Gregory Jein, Inc. is founded by its namesake to cover legal liabilities for the staff he brings along to work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The company will later be contracted to serve as the primary studio model vendor for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
1987
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Haven". Armin Shimerman's scenes as the Betazoid gift box are filmed today.
1989
Revised final draft script for TNG: "The Survivors" is submitted.
1990
Second day of filming on TNG: "Brothers".
1991
Third day of filming on TNG: "Ensign Ro".
Final draft script for TNG: "Silicon Avatar" is submitted.
1995
Seventh and final day of filming on VOY: "Non Sequitur".
Final draft script for DS9: "The Visitor" is submitted.
1998
Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Afterimage".
2000
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Critical Care".
2001
Fred Carson dies.
Second day of filming on ENT: "Unexpected".
2002
Ninth and final day of filming on ENT: "Minefield".
First day of filming on ENT: "A Night in Sickbay".
2003
Second day of filming on ENT: "Rajiin".
2011
Carl Steven dies.
2013
Michael Ansara dies.
The fully restored original full scale Galileo mock-up is unveiled in a highly publicized ceremony at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it has found a permanent home after a decades long odyssey of neglect and failed preservation attempts.
Unknown year
Gary T. Pike is born.

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