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About Industrial Designs

An industrial design constitutes the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. A design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape or surface of an article, or of two-dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or color.

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Courtesy of Mihail Stamati Courtesy of Breitfeld & Schliekert GmbH Courtesy of Hermes Sellier

Industrial designs are applied to a wide variety of products of industry and handicraft: from technical and medical instruments to watches, jewelry, and other luxury items; from housewares and electrical appliances to vehicles and architectural structures; from textile designs to leisure goods.

To be protected under most national laws, an industrial design must be new and/or original. Novelty or originality is determined with respect to the existing design corpus. An industrial design does not protect any technical features of the article to which it is applied.

General Information on the International Design Registration System (Hague)

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