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Design Copyright

“Design copyright” is the legal term used in The Bahamas where industrial designs are concerned. Design copyright is regulated by the Industrial Property Act of 1965.

design copyright
- Sharlene Butler, artist

Design Copyright

Design copyright protects the “shape, configuration, pattern or ornament of an article or features of pattern or ornament applicable to articles in so far as such features appeal to and are judged solely by the eye” [section 30 of the Industrial Property Act of 1965].

The total period of protection is 15 years – this equates to three periods of 5 years (prescribed fees are payable prior to the expiration of each 5 year term).