Industrial Designs, or Design Patents as they are called in the U.S., are a form of Intellectual or Industrial Property that prevents others from making, selling or using a design for a designated period of time.
Industrial designs are registered with the government to protect the aesthetic features of a design. Functional features are not the subject of an industrial design registration and cannot be included.
The first proprietor of the design, which is the designer or the company to which the design has been assigned, can initiate an Industrial Design registration application.
An Industrial Design application can be filed in Canada or a Design Patent can be filed in the US. Applications must be filed within one year of disclosure in both Canada and the US
For a list of Costs associated with Industrial Designs please, click here.
For more information and how we can help you please contact
Sean Goodwin, a Canadian Patent Agent, or send him an email.