Industrial Designs

What is an industrial design? An industrial design is the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. The design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape or surface of an article, or of two-dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or...

Application for Design Registration

Applications for design registrations are filed at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in Pretoria. Some designs are necessitated by function and others are aesthetic, although it is also possible to register your article for both. In addition, it is...

Aesthetic vs Functional Designs

The difference between aesthetic and functional designs are briefly explained below to help you make an informed decision regarding the appropriate section for your specific design. In both cases, a design can only be valid upon registration if there was no...

Scott Summit’s breathtaking Prosthetic designs

Industrial designer Scott Summit founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010 in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, to create breathtaking artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and personalize. Summit, who has more than 20 patents to his name also...

Registered Designs

A registered design protects the appearance of art, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article is based. The appearance of an object may be protected by way of a South African Registered Design. South African registered designs are...

Paris Convention

The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property was signed in Paris, France on 20 March 1883. It was one of the first intellectual property treaties. The substantive provisions of the Convention fall into three main categories: national treatment,...

Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker was born on 10 August 1963 in Denmark. He is a leading automobile designer and CEO of Fisker Coachbuild. Henrik Fisker graduated from the California’s Art Center College of Design in 1989 in Switzerland. He is best known for the designs of the...

Industrial Design Rights

Industrial design right is a type intellectual property right awarded for the protection of the visual aspects of items which are not made for purely utilitarian reasons. An industrial design right protects the shape, pattern, colour or combination of patterns and...

Design Applications

Design applications don’t have not be complicated although the various terms and conditions may become confusing. A South African registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article...