Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oh, patents! TIMBUK2

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Designed and manufactured in San Francisco's Mission district, TIMBUK2 messenger bags are guaranteed for life. The three-panel classic (and original) messenger bag, which you can custom-design on the TIMBUK2 website, is patented. The US design patent, USD483563S1, titled Printed panel display bag, was awarded on January 30, 2003. As a reminder: 
“a utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a “design patent” protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171) [MPEP Chapt. 1502.01; [R-07.2015]].
Beyond the three customizable panels, and the fabulous choice of tough and fashionable fabrics, TIMBUK2 messenger bags are chock-full of organization pockets and compartments. The many pockets and compartments are expertly designed for carrying water bottles, laptops and tablets, glasses, cellphones, pens, business cards, keys (tethered), stowaway valuables, and for packing in extra gear and/or books. An adjustable strap with a cam buckle enables you to secure the bag to your body, for biking, for example. Otherwise, the cam buckle enables you to find the perfect length for using the messenger as a shoulder bag or tote. With 25 years of experience designing the TIMBUK2 classic messenger bags, informed by consumer testing and feedback, this San Francisco native company has the art of messenger bags finetuned to perfection!

Included below, a drawing extracted from the patent, together with an image of a custom designed, and marketed, 3-panel classic messenger bag, in vibrant colors on the outside and packed to the brim inside.

MPEP – Chapt. 1502-01 - Distinction between design and utility patent
Timbuk2 Designs Inc.

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