The Designs Act, 1993 provides protection to aesthetic and functional designs through registration. Functional designs have features which are necessitated by the function which the article to which the design is applied is to perform and includes integrated circuit topography and mask works related thereto. Aesthetic designs relate to designs applied to articles of manufacture because of the pattern, shape, configuration or ornamentation of the design which is judged solely by the eye.
A registered aesthetic design is valid for 15 years and a registered functional design is valid for 10 years subject to payment of annual renewal fees. We assist our clients with the filling of the design application locally and within the entire Africa Continent, prosecution of designs and enforcement of design rights.