A register a design showing the ornamentation alone
e.g. a pattern to go on a product or a stylised logo.
A registered design can be a valuable asset, allowing you to stop others
from creating designs which are too similar to yours within the same
geographical area you have protected your design - registration gives you
protection for the visual appearance of the product but not for what it is
made from or how it works.
To be registrable, a design must:
- be new;
- have individual character.
A design is new if no identical (or similar) design
has been published or publicly is disclosed in a country or a region. For example, a design would not be considered new if it
had been 'published' on the Internet on a site viewable in the European
Economic Area (EEA) before
the date it was filed.
Individual character means that the appearance of the design (known as the
overall impression) is different from the appearance of other already known