Industrial design protects the overall visual appearance of a product, which is the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of a product, rather than the function of the invention. It consists of features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process or means, being features which, in the finished article appeal to and are judged by the eye. Industrial design can be used to deter others who might want to copy and commercialise a product with a similar appearance.
At patentsworth, our industrial design specialists assist clients with all aspects of industrial design registration, from advising on the registrability of a design, through to the preparation of drawings and design enforcement.
Design Identification Assessment
At patentsworth, we believe that early identification of intellectual property such as industrial design exists in a product can go a long way to creating a competitive advantage. When you are to point out suitable IP rights well, you know how to bring the product further better than any of your competitors.
Industrial Design Search & Registrability Opinion
To know if your design fulfils the registrability requirement in that it is new and it is not contrary to public order or morality, an industrial design search is the best way to go about it.
You can rest assured that at the heart of our solution is the industrial design specialists offering strong analytical abilities to understand the uniqueness and elements of your design.
Filing & Prosecution
Industrial design protection is not automatic. The owner of a design has to file applications with the national offices in order to enjoy the exclusive rights of your design. Under the registration regime, the owner of an industrial design may, upon filing and successfully completing an application, register the design in respect of a specified article with the Registrar of industrial design.
A first industrial design application, filed in Malaysia, may provide the basis for a priority claim for subsequent foreign applications that are filed within the 6-month priority period that starts from the Malaysian filing date.
Our team has the experience and expertise to manage industrial design portfolios at home country and all other countries on a global scale through our extensive network of trusted foreign associates.
Industrial Design Renewal
A registered industrial design is given an initial protection period of five (5) years from the date of filing. The protection is extendable for a further four (4) consecutive terms. The maximum protection period is 25 years.
One dedicated team at patentsworth will be assigned to supervise and alert your industrial design renewal in ample time throughout the entire process.