Industrial Design: an industrial design is an original, visual feature of the shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation, or any combination of these features, applied to a finished product.

An industrial design can be a two-or three-dimensional feature of a product (e.g. the unique shape of a toaster, the unique pattern or configuration of wainscoting or crown molding, etc).  Generally, industrial designs are small-scale designs, rather than overall designs of complex systems such as buildings or ships. Industrial designs don’t usually cover motors, electrical circuits, or gearing that make machines move, but they may affect technical aspects through usability design and form relationships.

An industrial design registration protects the visual appearance of the product, not how it works, nor how it’s built.  An industrial design cannot already exist in the marketplace; it must be new. An industrial design registration provides exclusive rights in Canada, to the design for 10 years. Registration is not renewable.

Pillar IP provides the following services with respect to industrial designs: representative for service, agent of record, searches, prosecution and registration, agreements and licensing, strategic social media protection, strategic world-wide prosecution. Feel free to contact us to assist you with all your industrial design needs.