What is an Industrial Design?
An industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured though techniques of mass production. In most cases, if the design cannot be massed produced, then it is a craft-based design, where the form of the product is determined by the product's creator. An industrial design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape of an article, or two-dimensional features, such as patterns, colour or lines.
What protection does an industrial design right offer?
The owner of a registered industrial design/design patent has the right to prevent third parties from making, selling or importing articles with aspects of a design which is a copy of the protected design.
Which products can benefit from industrial design protection?
Industrial design can be applied to a huge variety of products of industry and even handicraft items. This includes packages and containers, household goods and furnishing, electronic devices, textiles and even lighting equipment. Industrial designs may also apply to graphic symbols, graphical user interfaces or GUI, and some logos.
How are industrial designs protected?
In most countries, an industrial design must be registered in order to be protected under industrial design law as a registered design. In some countries, industrial designs are protected under patent law as design patents. Depending on the particular national law and the kind of design, in some cases industrial designs may also be protected as works of art under copyright law.