United States Code

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§ 1306.
Design notice
Contents of Design Notice.—
the words “Protected Design”, the abbreviation “Prot’d Des.”, or the letter “D” with a circle, or the symbol “*D*”;
the year of the date on which protection for the design commenced; and
the name of the owner, an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally accepted alternative designation of the owner.
Any distinctive identification of the owner may be used for purposes of subparagraph (C) if it has been recorded by the Administrator before the design marked with such identification is registered.
After registration, the registration number may be used instead of the elements specified in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (1).
Location of Notice.—
The design notice shall be so located and applied as to give reasonable notice of design protection while the useful article embodying the design is passing through its normal channels of commerce.
Subsequent Removal of Notice.—
When the owner of a design has complied with the provisions of this section, protection under this chapter shall not be affected by the removal, destruction, or obliteration by others of the design notice on an article.
(Added Pub. L. 105–304, title V, § 502, Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2907.)
cite as: 17 USC 1306