Industrial design means the form or shape of the product, which is to be created which includes the shape, pattern, line, color, etc;
An industrial design certificate protects a product’s special appearance (i.e., the combination of applied art and applied science of product). In order to obtain an industrial design certificate, the design must meet the following requirements: (1) it must be new in the sense that it has not been disclosed to the public by publication, display, or some other means in Laos or internationally prior to the filing date, or priority date (if priority is claimed); and (2) it must be ornamental. An industrial design is considered ornamental if “it gives a special appearance to the object to which the design is applied or in which it is embodied”.
In Laos, industrial designs are a type of patent, and therefore, their protection follows a similar principle. In order to maintain an industrial design registration, pursuant to the IP Law, an annual fee must be paid in advance by the rights-holder.