Industrial Design Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. I-9)

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Act current to 2019-08-28 and last amended on 2018-11-05. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,


article means any thing that is made by hand, tool or machine; (objet)


Convention means the Convention of the Union of Paris made on March 20, 1883, including any amendments and revisions made from time to time to which Canada is a party; (Convention)

country of the Union

country of the Union means


design or industrial design means features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament and any combination of those features that, in a finished article, appeal to and are judged solely by the eye; (dessin)


kit means a complete or substantially complete number of parts that can be assembled to construct a finished article; (prêt-à-monter)


Minister means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act; (ministre)


prescribed means prescribed by the regulations and, in relation to fees, includes determined in the manner prescribed by the regulations; (Version anglaise seulement)


set means a number of articles of the same general character ordinarily on sale together or intended to be used together, to each of which the same design or variants thereof are applied; (ensemble)

useful article

useful article means an article that has a utilitarian function and includes a model of any such article; (objet utilitaire)

utilitarian function

utilitarian function, in respect of an article, means a function other than merely serving as a substrate or carrier for artistic or literary matter; (fonction utilitaire)


variants means designs applied to the same article or set and not differing substantially from one another. (variantes)

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-9, s. 2
  • R.S., 1985, c. 10 (4th Supp.), s. 20
  • 1993, c. 15, s. 12(E), c. 44, s. 161
  • 2014, c. 39, s. 102
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