A design means the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colour, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation.

A registered design is a form of 'industrial property', which can be assigned, transferred, licensed or used by the owner.

Design protection is territorial, in effect a design registered in Ireland is only valid in Ireland. Some aspects of the 'design' may also be protected by copyright.