An industrial design or design patent protects the appearance of a product, such as its shape, configuration or ornamentation. The essence of an industrial design is its appearance to the eye. A registered industrial design lasts 10 years in Canada, subject to the payment of a renewal fee after 5 years.
For products that are not patentable, but whose selling point is at least in part based on its appearance, an industrial design may be useful.
Lambert IP Law has extensive experience in the filing and prosecution of industrial designs in Canada, and in other countries.
For an introduction to some of the industrial design services available on the web, the following websites may be useful:
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): www.uspto.gov
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO): strategis.ic.gc.ca
Basic information may be obtained from these websites, such as preliminary searches for particular designs. Lambert IP Law cautions that it is not possible to understand the significance of an industrial design document without knowledge of the relevant laws and experience in how the laws are applied.