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Industrial Design FAQ

What is an Industrial Design?

In simple terms, an industrial design is the external look of an item. An industrial design refers to the appearance of an object, not the technical characteristics or features underlying the object.

What can be registered as an Industrial Design?

In general, there are two categories of industrial designs:

  1. The shape and configuration of a 3 dimensional object, e.g. the shape of a chair
  2. The pattern or ornamentation on a 2 dimensional surface, e.g. a design on a fabric.

In order to be registered the design must be new in Malaysia.

How long does registration take?

Generally, it takes between 9-12 months for an industrial design application to become registered.

How long is the period of Registration?

Upon registration, the industrial design will be valid for 5 years from the filing date. However, it may be extended for 2 further consecutive terms of 5 years to a maximum of 15 years.

Does Malaysia accept priority applications?

Yes, Malaysia has ratified the Paris Convention. Priority applications are accepted as long as they are filed within 6 months from the date of the priority application.

If you would like a more comprehensive fact sheet which lists down the filing requirements as well as the costs of registering an industrial design, click here.