Patented designs, in general, are ideas or concepts that have been developed to serve some aspect of society. The innovations and tools that come out of these amazing ideas often seem too good to be true, but patent designers very much exist! Learn about this process and find out what a patented sole design is like in this blog article.
Originally coined as "a perfect foot," a patented sole design is a type of footwear that has been specifically designed to reduce your risk of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and other foot-related injuries. Patented soles made by Shellie V Designs provide extra cushioning and coverage underfoot for more natural foot movement.
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Other features that are typically included in patented sole designs include wedges or pads in the heel and ball of the foot, which help distribute weight evenly across the entire foot, reducing strain on any one area. Some popular brands that specialize in patented sole designs are New Balance, Nike and Sperry Top-Sider.
In order to receive a patent, a design must be novel, non-obvious, and industrially applicable. To show that the design is novel, the applicant must provide evidence that no one else has created the same thing before. Non-obviousness means that the design should not be obvious upon closer examination.
A sole design is a conceptual or physical arrangement of elements that is exclusive to one particular producer or supplier. For example, Nike predates other shoewear producers by developing the so-called "Swoosh" – a distinctive graphic trademark representing the entire foot within the shoe's design.