Industrial designs are protected by the law to ensure that the originality of a product is not infringed upon or replicated by another. These laws exist to provide a safe environment for creators to develop new products and inventions without fear of having them stolen or replicated. Industrial designs are usually referred to as ‘intellectual property’ and are protected by copyright, patent, and trademark law.
Copyright law is most commonly used to protect industrial designs because it grants exclusive rights for the creator of the design, including the right to reproduce, distribute, display, perform, and make derivative works based on the design. Copyright protection also prevents anyone from using the design without permission from its creator.
Patents are also used to protect industrial designs. A patent grants exclusive rights to an inventor for a certain period of time and prevents others from making, using or selling a product that is similar or identical to the invention without permission from its creator. Patents can be expensive and difficult to obtain but they offer more protection than copyright law because they prevent competitors from profiting off of someone else’s invention.
Trademarks can also be used to protect industrial designs. A trademark is a recognizable sign or symbol that indicates a product’s origin or ownership.
Trademarks are used to distinguish products from one another and prevent competitors from replicating them without permission. Trademarks can be words, phrases, logos, slogans, images or any other type of symbol associated with a product’s origin or ownership.
Industrial designs can also be protected through contracts such as licensing agreements and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Licensing agreements grant exclusive rights for creators of industrial designs while NDAs protect confidential information related to an invention’s creation process from being shared with others who could benefit from it without permission from its creator.
In conclusion, there are various ways for protecting industrial design such as copyright law, patents, trademarks and contracts like licensing agreements and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). These measures help ensure that creators have exclusive rights over their creations which allows them to benefit financially while at the same time preventing others from profiting off of their inventions without permission or credit given where due.