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R. William Wray & Associates provides comprehensive services for inventors, companies, and legal associates on all aspects of intellectual property.

Industrial Design Protection in Ottawa

Industrial designs are concepts and specifications that optimize the aesthetics of products, systems, and services for the benefit of the industry or the society. So when your industry creates a unique design, it should be registered as soon as possible. If you require guidance regarding industrial design protection in Ottawa, get in touch with R. William Wray & Associates. Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers will help you through any issues relating to protecting your design.

Below are some FAQs for your better understanding of how to safeguard your design.

What is an industrial design?

Industrial design registration may be granted for the visual appearance of a finished product made by hand, tool, or machine. That is, the decorative shape, ornamentation, or pattern applied to an article. The shape of chairs, pens, the Coca-Cola™ bottle, and fabric patterns are typical of what features may be protected. Functional aspects of an article are not covered by industrial designs. These aspects are the proper subject of patent protection.

Who may apply? Where should I file?

The proprietor of an original design may apply for industrial design protection. Normally, Canadian clients file their first industrial design application in Canada or the United States. You must file an industrial design application in every country where you want protection, but a decision for other countries can be delayed up to six months after the first filing. Factors that influence this decision include where potential markets or competitors are located, and the costs involved in obtaining an industrial design registration. If your design has already been published, your application must be filed within one year of the date of publication.

What is the term of protection and the rights upon registration?

The term of industrial design protection is ten years, with a maintenance fee payable at the five-year mark. Once your design is registered, you have the exclusive right to apply the design to an article for the purposes of importation, rent, or sale.


While your Industrial Design application is pending, you can put the phrase “Design Application Pending” on your product. This phrase has no legal significance but may serve to warn others who might consider copying your product that you are serious about protecting your rights.

Once your design is registered, you should mark your article with the capital letter “D” in a circle and your name. This will let everyone know that they do not have the right to use your design without your permission.

For further details or advice regarding industrial designs and its registration, please contact us or fill out the e-form below.


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