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1305.2 Unoriginal Designs

1305.2 Unoriginal Designs


Protection does not extend to any vessel design that is:


• Not original.


• Staple or commonplace, such as a standard geometric figure, a familiar symbol, an emblem, or a motif, or another shape, pattern, or configuration which has become standard, common, prevalent, or ordinary.


• Different from a staple or commonplace design, such as a standard geometric figure, a familiar symbol, an emblem, or a motif, or another shape, pattern, or configuration which has become standard, common, prevalent, or ordinary only in insignificant details or in elements which are variants commonly used in the relevant trades.


• Dictated solely by a utilitarian function of the article that embodies it.


17 U.S.C. § 1302 (1)- (4).