Top Firms in 2900: The Best Law Firms for Design Patents

Top Firms in 2900: The Best Law Firms for Patent Design

Design patents are crucial to IP strategy, and just as with utility patents, require a firm with experience. 

Distinguishing the ornamental features of an invention, a design patent shields its aesthetic appeal, unlike a utility patent which safeguards the invention’s functionality. Here, we name the top firms in design based on filing volume, allowance rate, and average office actions to allowance.


Design patents currently make up about 5.8% of total filings at the USPTO, and are generally more easily earned than utility patents. Just to compare some current metrics: 



For this reason, we have always excluded design patents from our annual Top Firms rankings. Comparing design and utility patents is essentially comparing apples to oranges. 

Design patents are still a critical component for many companies’ IP strategies and are a key revenue stream for many law firms. Thus, these Top Firms for Design deserve recognition for their expertise and success.

Here are the top firms for design patents (Technology Center 2900). 



For the sake of consistency, we used the same methodology as our Top Firms rankings, evaluating based on three key metrics: 1) the number of applications filed, 2) the allowance rate, and 3) the average number of office actions before allowance. This analysis was conducted in May 2024 and analyzed public applications disposed (or in the case of the first metric, applications filed) between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. To qualify for this analysis, a firm had to have filed 50 or more applications in TC 2900 during that time period.

As you look at the chart above, you will see the top firms in each of those three key metrics, as well as our overall ranking – the Juristat Rank. This overall rank was calculated by taking into account the firm’s rank for the key metric, as well as rewarding firms who ranked for more than one category. This gives us a better picture of which firms have the most well-rounded performance in TC 2900.  

Notice all the ties in our ranking?

This illustrates why we exclude design patents from our annual Top Firm rankings. While it’s common to see firms with the same metrics (which would lead to a tied ranking), here, 30 firms all had the exact same allowance rate. And that allowance rate happens to be 100%. Comparing a firm that only works in utility patents to a firm with even one design patent would put the latter at an advantage.

Even the data on average OAs to allowance doesn’t do much to differentiate firms, with the metrics for the top ten firms ranging from 0.1 to 0.4 office actions. Most design applications either receive an NOA right after filing or only respond to one office action before disposition.

This means that ranking as a top firm in design patents often comes down to filing volume. And while volume doesn’t necessarily equate to patent quality, it may be a sign of client satisfaction and retention. 

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