Designs Explained

"Design" means the appearance of some or all of a product resulting from the features such as the lines, contours, colour, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation.

Examples of some registered designs are shown below:


A handheld communications device

Registration No. 20777

Research in Motion Limited

A bottle

Registration No. 20872

Lucozade Ribena Suntory Limited


A body for a motor vehicle

Registration No. 20251


Irish Dancer Logo

Registration No. 22046

Enterprise Asia Irl Ltd

A registered design is a form of "industrial property", which can be assigned, transferred, licensed or used by the owner.  Design protection is territorial; in effect a design registered in Ireland is only valid in Ireland.  Some aspects of the "design" may be protected by copyright.