Industrial Designs

What is an industrial design?

An industrial design is the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament—or any combination of these features—applied to a finished article made by hand, tool or machine.

It's all about the visual design of the article

The design must have features that appeal to the eye. To be eligible for registration, your design must be original.

A unique design for a chair is an example of an industrial design

A well-designed chair is not just a pleasure to sit on, but also a pleasure to behold. For most manufactured products the value depends not only on what they do, but how they look.

Protect your design

If you are the creator of—or an investor in—an industrial design, the Industrial Design Act offers protection rights for owners of registered designs.

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Why register your industrial design?

You invest a lot into your industrial designs. Registration can prevent your design from being copied and imitated by competitors. It pays to protect your hard work.

Read more about why you should register your design.

How to register

Before you register your design, consult the Guide to Industrial Designs.

Follow along step-by-step to learn how your ID application is processed.

Once you're ready, register your industrial design.