What is an industrial design?

An industrial design is the ornamental aspect of useful article 1.

This ornamental aspect may be constituted by elements which are three-dimensional (the shape of the article) or two-dimensional (lines, designs, colors) but must not be solely dictated by the function for which the useful article is intended.

Under the Industrial Designs Act 1996, industrial design is defined as:

Section 3 Interpretation of the Industrial Designs Act 1996 (Act 552)

"industrial design" means features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process or means, being features which in the finished article appeal to and are judged by the eye, but does not include:-
  1. a method or principle of construction; or

  2. features of shape or configuration of an article which
    1. are dictated solely by the function which the article has to perform; or

    2. are dependent upon the appearance of another article of which the article is intended by the author of the design to form an integral part;

  1. "article" means any article of manufacture or handicraft, and includes any part of such article or handicraft if that part is made and sold separately but does not include an integrated circuit or part of an integrated circuit or a mask used to make such an integrated circuit

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