A registered design protects the visual appearance of a product or item and gives you exclusive rights for that appearance to the extent that, if necessary, there is a legal right to stop an unauthorized party from producing or using your design. Design rights protect the way a product looks. If the design has a technical function or the appearance of the product comes naturally as a result of the function that it performs, then a design right may not be suitable.
The protection granted to the owner of an unregistered design is different to that of a registered design. Careful consideration should be exercised when deciding whether or not to register your design along with reference to the Unregistered Designs.
In order for a registered design to be valid, it must:
A design is not register-able if it:
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