United States Code/Title 17/Chapter 13/Sections 1329 to 1332
§ 1329—Relation to design patent law
The issuance of a design patent under title 35, United States Code, for an original design for an article of manufacture shall terminate any protection of the original design under this chapter.
§ 1330—Common law and other rights unaffected
Nothing in this chapter shall annul or limit—
- (1) common law or other rights or remedies, if any, available to or held by any person with respect to a design which has not been registered under this chapter; or
- (2) any right under the trademark laws or any right protected against unfair competition.
§ 1331—Administrator; Office of the Administrator
In this chapter, the "Administrator" is the Register of Copyrights, and the "Office of the Administrator" and the "Office" refer to the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
§ 1332—No retroactive effect
Protection under this chapter shall not be available for any design that has been made public under section 1310(b) before the effective date of this chapter.
Sections 1329 to 1332 were added by sec. 502 of the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (Pub. L. 105-304, Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2860), with effect from October 28, 1998.