A registered Design protects the shape of your product or the pattern that is on the product. The registration lasts for 25 years and is renewable every 5 years.
By registering your design you can take action against someone who copies it. To qualify for registration the design must be new and be your own intellectual property and not be an invention or how a product works as that is a patent. The requirement to be new means that you cannot share your design before filing an application – although it is not as strict as a patent application – and you can get up to a year to file a design application if you have already shown it at an exhibition.
We are more than happy to have a no obligation confidential conversation if you would like to explore how to register your design.