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What is an Industrial Design?

An Industrial Design is the features of shapeconfigurationpattern or ornament which when applied to an article gives the article unique appearance. It does not include a method or principles of construction.

To be registrable, the design must be new, that is, it has not been registered, published, used or sold in Brunei Darussalam or elsewhere before the date on which the application of registration was logged. In addition, the design must be applied industrially, that is, it has been applied to more than fifty articles which altogether do not constitute a single article or to articles manufactured in lengths and pieces except hand-made articles.

What is the governing legislation?

The Industrial Designs Order came into force in 2000 and provides for the registration of new industrial designs or the visual appearance of products. BruIPO administers a registration system based on formalities examination only and does not conduct prior art searches.

What are the requirements for registration?

To be registered, an industrial design must be new at the filing date of the application. An industrial design is new if it has not been registered, published, used or sold in Brunei Darussalam or elsewhere before the date on which the application for registration was lodged. Once accepted for registration, the industrial designs will be published in the Industrial Designs Journal and a certificate of registration will be issued to the applicant.  Registration is for an initial period of 5 years and extendable for two periods of 5 years each, totalling a maximum of 15 years subject to the payment of a renewal fee at the end of the 5th year.​

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