Design means the various features of a product such as lines, texture, shape, ornamentation, or other characteristics. A design right is granted if and when a design is novel and has an individual character. A design is deemed not new if it was previously registered or was published anywhere in the world or differs only in immaterial details. Several designs may be applied for in one application provided that, except in cases of ornamentation, the products in which the designs are intended to be incorporated or to which they are intended to be applied belong to the same sub-class or to the same set or composition of items.
Registration of a design enables the design owner to prevent others from exploiting the design or an obvious or similar imitation of the design for which registration was obtained. Moreover, the owner of a registered design can exploit its design by licensing it to third parties for commercial gain or by selling it.
We are qualified to provide advice on the protection of industrial designs, whether registered or unregistered.
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