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An industrial design is defined to mean any composition of lines or colours formed to give a special appearance to any industrial or hand‐made product or any plastic form, whether or not it is restricted to colour, on condition that the form or composition can be used as an industrial design or a handicraft design.

Paris Convention; and
ARIPO (Harare Protocol) *.

Absolute novelty applies.

There is a six-month grace period. 

Design applications are examined as to compliance with formal requirements only.

The initial term of the design registration is five years, which is extendible upon payment of renewal fees for two further five-year terms. A grace period of six months is allowed for the late payment of the renewal fee, subject to payment of surcharges. Failure to pay the renewal fees causes the design registration to lapse.

There is no working requirement.