Industrial Designs

All you need to know about Industrial Designs


What is an Industrial design?

An industrial design constitutes the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. It may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape of an article, or two-dimensional features, such as patterns, lines, or colour. 

What is the Hague Convention?

Adopted in 1925, the Hague Agreement effectively establishes an international system – the Hague System – that allows industrial designs to be protected in multiple countries or regions with minimal formalities.

What kind of protection does an industrial design right offer?

  • Registered design owners have the right to prevent others from manufacturing, importing, using, selling or hiring the design product. However, registered designs only protect the appearance of a product. It does not protect the way in which the product relating to the design works. Protection for this may be available under patent law. 
  • Registration gives you a higher degree of protection than relying on copyright because it requires a search first for similar or identical registered designs. This helps to establish whether your design is new and original.

What kind of products can benefit from industrial design protection?

Industrial designs are applied to a wide variety of products of industry and handicraft items. These range from:

  1. Packages and containers 
  2. Household goods
  3. Lighting equipment 
  4. Jewellery
  5. Electronic devices 
  6. Textiles 
  7. Industrial designs may also be relevant to graphic symbols, graphical user interfaces, and logos.

What are the advantages to my business of protecting my industrial designs?

The protection of industrial designs should form an integral part of any business strategy. The main reasons to protect industrial designs are the following:

  • Return on investments: Protection contributes to obtaining a return on investments made in creating and marketing attractive and innovative products.
  • Opportunity to license or sell: Protection provides rights that may be sold or licensed to another enterprise, which will then be a source of income for the owner of the rights.
  • Positive image: Protection helps convey a positive image of a company, since industrial designs are business assets which may increase the market value of a company and its products.
  • Reward: Protecting industrial designs rewards and encourages creativity.

How are industrial articles classified?

Your application must include a list of all articles which you want to register your designs with.

What is the Locarno Classification list?

The International Classification for Industrial Designs (“the Locarno Classification”) is a system adopted for classifying design articles. It facilitates design searches and obviates substantial reclassification work when documents are exchanged at the international level. For details of the Locarno Classification, please refer to the website at

How long does industrial design protection last?

Registered design protection is renewable for periods of five years. However, design protection can only be renewed twice.

When should I renew my registered design?

You should renew your registered design on or before its end date of registration, as an associated design cannot be renewed if the original registered design is not renewed.

How are industrial design rights enforced?

The owner of a registered design, or an exclusive licensee, can bring civil proceedings against infringements committed after the registration of a design. Owners of registered designs should consult their legal advisers on this aspect before taking steps to defend their rights.

Criminally, any person who knowingly performs an act as defined in subsection (1) of the Act is liable to a fine of $50,000 or to imprisonment for 3 years.

Industrial Designs Fees

Matter or Proceeding Amount (EC$)
Application fee $250.00
Correction of application to comply with requirements for according filing date $50.00
Publication Fee $200.00 Plus fee for Publication
Registration Fee $100.00
Request to the Registrar to state in writing grounds of decision to refuse application or to accept it subject to conditions $100.00
Notice of opposition to registration of geographical indication, or filing Counter-statement to notice of opposition $150.00
Request to refuse or to invalidate registration $150.00
Request to refuse or to invalidate registration of a mark which conflicts with a geographical indication for wines and spirits $150.00
Inspection of Register $25.00
Certified copies of documents $5.00 per printed page and $50.00 to certify
Request for correction of error $40.00
Request for hearing $175.00