WHAT IS DESIGN
Registering Your Design Ensures That A Competitor Cannot “free-ride” On Your Design By Having A Product That Has Similar Appearance Or Shape.
Benefits of Registering a Design
A registered design can become a valuable business asset that can be bought, sold, transferred or licensed like any other property. Registration can make a design searchable by the public who may be potential licensees, stockists, investors or customers. A registered design can add value to a product and increase market awareness of your business, as the design is often what makes it attractive to the customers.
Registration provides a stronger protection for your design and legal action can be taken if someone copies your design without your permission. This legal protection gives you the exclusive trade right to that design for a certain number of years and improves the market competitiveness of your business.
The 8th edition of the International Design Classification (IDC), issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization, classifies designs into 32 classes and 223 subclasses.
DOCUMENTS TO BE PROVIDED
- A short descriptive title (not trade names) for the article or articles.
- Design presentations showcase line drawings or images presenting various perspectives of the article(s), encompassing front, back, left, right, top, and bottom views.
- A brief statement of novelty, focusing on any non-functional and visual features to describe your presence design in the market.
- Power of Attorney (POA) letter as required by some countries/regions.
- A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation or Business Registration Certificate or anything of similar nature which shows the name and address of the applicant.
- A priority document when priority is claimed. The document can be filed within 3 months after the filing date of the application.