Industrial Designs

What is an industrial design?
an industrial design means the outside appearance, shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation of a useful article.
Examples of articles that can be Industrial designs
The beverage and water bottles, mobile phone casing, rivets, bulb designs,  wall plugs etc…..0

How to register

  • Application is done in Form  I.D 1.
  • Accompanied by six [6] identical copies of the design
  • Prescribed application fees of US$120.00
  • A search is conducted for the applied design from the Register of Designs.
  • If there is nothing similar , an Industrial Design Certificate is issued
  • There is no provision for the publication of registered designs.

Registration test
In Zimbabwe, registrable designs  must be:

  • New. It must not be known or used by anyone other than the applicant, nor described or illustrated in a publication in or outside Zimbabwe, nor prior registered.
  • Useful. Design must have a practical use.
  • Have an inventive step on the design.

What cannot be registered
Designs are not registrable for articles which are primarily literary or artistic in character such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photographs, works of architecture being buildings or models of buildings and works of artistic craftsmanship. These are Copyright protected.


In Zimbabwe, design protection is for a period of 10 years. There is an optional once off renewal of five years to make it fifteen years.

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