A well-designed product can be synonymous with the image of your undertaking, and thus becomes a valuable asset for you. If you do not protect your design, others may benefit from your intellectual property.
Nevertheless, depending on the national or regional law system, a design which has not be registered may still be protected in different ways:
- under industrial property law (as an unregistered design),
- as copyright (if exists as an original man-made work) or
- under unfair competition law.