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An industrial design protects the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article.
Industrial designs in Malaysia are governed by the Industrial Designs Act 1996 and the Industrial Designs Regulations 1999.
The subject matter protected under Industrial Designs Act 1996 is any design defined as “features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process or means, being features which in the finished article appeal to and are judged by the eye”.
The initial registration of an industrial design is valid for five years beginning from the filing date of the industrial design application. The industrial design registration can be renewed for four further consecutive terms of five-year each, making the total duration of protection to 25 years.