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Examples of designs

Types of IP

Examples of designs


Designs may consist of three dimensional features, such as the shape or configuration of a product, as well as two dimensional features, such as the pattern or ornament of an article.

Some examples of registrable designs include but are not limited to:

  1. Three dimensional
  • the shape or configuration of a mobile telephone
  • the shape or configuration of a piece of jewellery
  • the shape or configuration of electrical appliances such as kettles, toasters etc
  • the shape or configuration of toys
  1. Two dimensional
  • the pattern or ornament on fabric
  • the pattern or ornament on wallpaper.

However, designs do not protect features of shape or configuration of an article which are dictated solely by its function.  Designs which are purely dictated by their functional needs will not be registrable, for instance, the designs of wallets with slots and sizes configured to carry driving licence were seen as merely performing a technical function and hence not registrable.