Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection

Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith contributed to the Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection publication. Read their contributions on the following pages:Requirements for Design Protection SOUTH AFRICA – page 495Scope of Protection SOUTH AFRICA – page 511 The following issues are also...
Registered Design vs Patent

Registered Design vs Patent

A registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the invention on which an article is based. Even though the underlying...

Industrial Designs

Industrial Designs

What is 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...

Design protection in South Africa

Design protection in South Africa

Design protection in South Africa is awarded based on the article appearance and not the underlying invention of the article. Design protection is cheaper than patent...

Registered Design Renewals

Registered Design Renewals

Registered designs (South Africa) must be renewed within the allotted timeframe and must be done on the 3rd anniversary of the registration. There is a six months grace period for the payment of the...

Industrial Designs

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...

Aesthetic vs Functional Designs

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...

Industrial Designs

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...

Industrial Designs

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...