A registered design protects the visual appearance of a product or item that gives you exclusive rights for that appearance, providing a legal right to stop an unauthorised party from producing or using your design.

A Registered design protects:

  • Shapes: The shape, contours and angles of a product can be protected
  • Surface decoration: Patterns or graphic designs like wall papers can be protected
  • Packaging: the product packaging style can be protected.
  • Physical appearance: How a product looks can be protected.

A registered design Cannot protect:

  • How a product function.
  • Material a product is made from.
  • How a product is made
  • A form or appearance of the product dictated by its function. E.G the shape or appearance of a Key.

Designs that are unregistered can also receive protection.