Abbreviation Des.


Senior Member
Spanish - Basque Country
Hello !

I'm translating a patent from English to Spanish, and I've come up with the abbreviation "Des.", whose meaning I've not been able to figure out. This is the extract from the text:

... See for example expired patent, Schultz, US Pat. No. 4,567,567 issued Mar. 25, 1980; Creed, US Pat. No. 34.345.341 issued Dec. 18, 1990; and design patents Olson, Des. 300,632,467 issued May 2, 1982.

I can only thik of "Description", as it doesn't seem to be a patent, but a design patent. Anyway, it's clear that I'm quite clueless...
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    My first guess was that it stands for "Design." Design patents are numbered in a separate series from regular patents.

    However, it can't be a U.S. design patent number. Those are usually just prefixed with the letter D. U.S. design patents issued in 1982 were all in the D260,000s; one issued in May would have been around D265,000. The numbers aren't up to one million yet, let alone 300 million.

    The other numbers are off also: U.S. Pat. 4,567,567 was issued in 1986, not 1980, and it's to James Lapeyre, not anyone named Schultz (for a computer keyboard with fewer keys than usual, in case that matters). U.S. Pat. 34,345,341 (I assume the periods instead of commas are due to a non-U.S. practice of writing numbers that way) won't be issued for quite some time. We're not even at 10 million yet. A U.S. patent issued in 1990 would have been between 4,890,000 and 4,990,000.

    In other words, there are some errors in this document.
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