Designs protect a novel shape and configuration or pattern and ornamentation applied to an object.
How do I get a design?
While getting a registered design and the design process is simpler than the patent process, it still has its complications.
To obtain a registered design, the shape and configuration or pattern and ornamentation must be novel. A search will usually determine if these criteria have been met.
- Novelty asks if your product has been published, used, or sold previously
- Shape and configuration or pattern and ornamentation need to be primarily aesthetic and not totally function dependent.
Assuming the product meets these criteria, the typical design filing process is as follows: