Last updated: 
2 March 2016

Drawings and images (representations) are an important part of your design registration. These drawings or photographs should be of good quality and accurately show the overall visual features of your design as applied to the product.

Requirements for all representations

There is no requirement for a specific number of views. However, you must provide sufficient views to fully display your design, which usually requires a number of views.
We prefer traditional views (front, side and top) but will also accept perspective or isometric views. (See image below).

All views must show exactly the same design. This particularly applies to colour, as colour is usually a visual feature of the design.

If your application includes a statement of newness and distinctiveness the representations should be consistent.

Key points for drawings

Drawings should:

  • be accurately drawn, not sketches, with well-defined line-work
  • only show the design in question and no descriptive wording or dimensions, however labelling of views such as ‘perspective view’ or ‘rear views’ is acceptable
  • on A4 size paper if lodged by post
  • use broken or dashed lines when highlighting:
    • elements of the product other than those bearing the visual features of the design          
    • parts of the design that are referred to in the statement of newness and distinctiveness
    • boundaries, such as a pattern applied to part of a surface, stitching and perforations
    • features that establish an environmental context.

Shading and cross-hatching can be used to show a visual feature of the design.

Key points for photographs or digital images

Photographs or digital images should:

  • be clear originals
  • show the product against a plain contrasting background and avoid matter not relevant to the design
  • be A4 or mounted on A4 white paper if lodged by post.

Other details

If it's a multiple design application then each design should be clearly indicated, with each design shown on a separate sheet.

Complex products

Sometimes a design is applied to a part of a complex product and that part can be readily assembled and disassembled from that product. If the component part qualifies as a product, then broader protection may be gained by defining this as a stand alone part.

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