Philippines - Industrial Design

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1. Legislations:
Industrial design protection in Malaysia is governed by the Industrial Designs Act 1996 which entered into force on 1st September 1999. Prior to this date, industrial designs were protected in Malaysia by registering the design in the United Kingdom.

2. Definition:
An industrial design is any composition of lines or colours or any three-dimensional form, whether or not associated with lines or colours; Provided, That such composition or form gives a special appearance to and can serve as pattern for an industrial product or handicraft.

3. Criteria:
Only industrial designs that are new or original shall benefit from protection. Industrial designs dictated essentially by technical or functional considerations to obtain a technical result or those that are contrary to public order, health or morals shall not be protected.

4. Rule of Priority:
Applications for priority have to be made within six months from the earliest filing date of the corresponding foreign application.

5. Duration and Renewal:
A design once registered is valid for a term of 5 years from the date of filing of the application and may be renewed for not more than 2 consecutive periods of 5 years each.

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