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Can I obtain a patent for a product design?



It is not possible to obtain patent protection for the mere outward appearance of an article, that is, a shape configuration, pattern or ornamentation. Instead, a design registration may be a more appropriate option. You may find more information on design registration here.

However, if the outward appearance has a functional application as opposed to a mere visual purpose, it may be possible to obtain patent protection, subject to the patentability requirements of novelty, inventive step and industrial application.

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