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A design patent is not the same as a normal patent. A design patent covers "look and feel" rather than functionality.

In September 2009, Google got a design patent on the layout of their homepage.[1][2] This caused a lot of controversy.


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  1. http://gawker.com/5350982/google-patents-worlds-simplest-home-page
  2. http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2009/09/googles-patent-on-its-googlecom-home-page.html

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