An Industrial Design registration protect nonfunctional visual features of a product. Visual features may include shape, configuration, pattern, or ornament, or any combination of those features. Visual features do not include anything which serves a purely functional purpose for the product.
An industrial design registration provides the owner with the exclusive right to the design in Canada for up to 10 years.
An industrial design must be obtained in each country the owner wants to protect the design and the length of protections may vary from country to country.
To obtain an industrial design, the design must be original which means that the design must not have been publicly disclosed before the industrial design application was filed. There is a limited grace period if the design was disclosed by creator of the design.