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Industrial Design

Industrial design includes many everyday objects, such as chairs and tables, and has been around for almost as long as humans have been creating tools and objects for practical purposes.For many, a well-designed bicycle or chair is a pleasure to own and well worth the expense. It is not surprising, therefore, that a great deal of effort on the part organizations and designers goes into the design of the array of available consumer products. Commercial success, therefore, is often dependent on the design of a product, and thus, the design is a valuable form of intellectual property.

Canadian law provides designers, inventors and creators protection from unlawful imitation of their original designs through the Industrial Design Act. Industrial designs are very important in industry today; they are the result of a great deal of investment in time, money and expertise. Consequently, protection of industrial design works to protect creators, owners (and their market share), while still allowing for the creative exchange of information within an industry. To obtain industrial design protection, an organization or individual must register their design with the Industrial Design Office. Registration typically lasts five years but can be extended to ten.

 

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