Why Seek Design Registrations?
A design registration gives the owner of the design the exclusive right to make, import for the purpose of trade or business, sell, rent or offer for sale or rent any article for which the design is registered. This right lasts for a term of 10 years from the date of registration.
Since registrations protect a particular design in association with an identified article, they offer the advantage of legal redress against others who subsequently produce that article with the same or very similar design.
A registered design can be the subject of overlapping intellectual property rights, as some designs can also be protected by concurrent copyright or trademark rights. If the article is patentable, concurrent patent rights may also exist. Notwithstanding other possible concurrent rights in a design, protection through design registration can often enhance the scope of protection for an article on the market.