Designs are used to protect any new or existing product to protect any new shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation.
Examples include fancy whiskey glasses, vehicle parts or fittings, and bicycle helmet designs.
Product Designs can be Registered to protect the visual appearance of existing products as well.
The total term for a Registered Design is 10 years, and Design protection can be extended in overseas countries provided you meet the time limits specified by the Paris Convention.
Be very careful as the drawings may look correct, but not provide sufficient legal clarity to be successful with enforcement. A Patent Attorney works with specialised Technical illustrators and the designer to ensure that all of the application is optimised. You cannot go back and re-lodge or amend once the Design is lodged and published.