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Under Secretary Kappos Awards 600,000th Design Patent

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Kappos, Robert Workman CEO of Goal Zero holding plaque, and Hatch. Click for larger image.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to award design patent number 600,000 to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft and Novelty, and a small business located in Spanish Fork, Utah. The patent was granted for the design of a battery system which works in conjunction with a solar briefcase that recharges the system using sunlight. This patent exemplifies the blending of green technology and appealing design. Shown here between Kappos and Hatch is Robert Walkman, President and CEO of Goal Zero. (More)

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600,000th Design Patent Awards

I saw this article and wondered if 600,000 was the total number of U.S. patents ever issued - but that can't be - the total number must be in the millions (at least). I surmise that a "design" patent is an illustration or rendering of what the finished product will be - and it seems like every product ever patented must at least start with a design pattern. Just wondering.