An industrial design includes features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination thereof) applied to a finished article.
There is no protection without registration. An application must be filed within 12 months of the first publication of the article otherwise no protection can be obtained.
The designer of a model or pattern intended to be reproduced in 50 or more manufactured articles, can protect it by registering an industrial design.
Obtaining registration for an industrial design will give exclusive rights for a period of ten years from the date of registration, subject to payment of a fee at the end of the first five years.
An industrial design registration will issue to protect original features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to a finished product to be manufactured in 50 or more articles. In addition, protection cannot apply to the following elements:
No. Protection in other countries must be requested separately.