What can be registered?
Registrable designs include designs which are not purely functional and which have not been previously applied to any manufactured article.
For more information read our information sheet: 'Is my design registerable?'.
For a design to be registrable it must be novel. It is therefore important to avoid disclosure of the design before a design application is filed. Non-confidential disclosure includes such things as offers for sale, advertising, use or display of the article. There are some exceptions and we can advise whether these apply to you.
A design registration should protect the design of a product in the form in which it is marketed. Therefore you should not file a design application until you have developed the design of the article to a stage where it is ready for production and marketing.
In some circumstances a single design application can be used to gain protection for more than one product. For more information read our information sheet: "Protecting the design of multiple products".
We encourage our clients to consult us early to ensure the timing of a design application is most advantageous to their situation.