What is the classification of an industrial design?
Each design is classified according to the Canadian classification system in order to provide a means for searching designs. Classes are assigned based on the particular type of article to which the design is applied, e.g., a design for a hockey helmet would be classified in the headwear sub-class of the apparel class.
It is important that the application clearly indicate what the article is so that the design can be accurately classified. For articles with a very specialized area of use or of a very technical nature, it is helpful if the applicant can provide information about the nature of the article and its area of use. Such information can be provided in a covering letter. In cases where it is not clear what the article is and how it should be classified, the Office will request further information from the applicant. For your reference, consult the Canadian Industrial Design Classification Manual.