Derek Benke is a skilled patent attorney that has been working in the patent field for over 14 years. One of his major interests and areas of expertise are boats and boat manufacturing. He has extensive experience interfacing with patent examiners giving him the tools to efficiently and effectively advance prosecution of patent applications allowing his clients to achieve their goals.

Summary– Finding the right intellectual property protection can be a confusing process, but Derek Benke breaks down the four options boat manufacturers have in protecting their property in his article, Don’t Give Up The Ship. He discusses the differences between design patents, utility patents, the VHDPA, and trade dress. While there is some overlap in protection between the options, it can be in the best interest of the manufacturer to invest in more than one protection option, which Derek dives into in his article.

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