The protection of designs is directed to protection afforded for the outward appearance or aesthetics of a particular article. The design may include certain features related to an overall shape or structural organization, or to qualifying features such as color, lines and patterns. The industrial application for the design is not relevant to obtaining protection. In order to obtain protection, the design must be novel or original and there must be some aesthetic quality to the design for which protection is sought.
Protection is for a 15 year term.
The filing requirements for a design are met if the application provides information concerning the applicant, including a street address, state of incorporation/legal entity; and formal drawings or a photograph of the Design. The drawings should display the outer appearance of the item for which protection is sought.