An industrial design right protects only the appearance or aesthetic features of a product, whereas a patent protects an invention that offers a new technical solution to a problem. In principle, an industrial design right does not protect the technical or functional features of a product. Such features could, however, potentially be protected by a patent.
Articles in this section
- What is the difference between the protection offered by a 3D trademark and that one offered by a drawing or design?
- Who can apply for an industrial design registration?
- What is a non-registrable design?
- Why are industrial designs relevant to my business?
- When should I file an application?
- How can industrial design rights be obtained in more than one country?
- What is the difference between an industrial design right and a patent?
- How are industrial design rights enforced?
- How long does industrial design protection last?
- How are industrial designs protected?