An industrial design is a product feature that is original and appealing to the eye such as its shape, according to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
Industrial design relates to the outward appearance of a product rather than its inner workings. If you’re a fashion designer, for example, you might create innovative and original industrial designs to help your clothing lines stand out among your competition. You might also create original industrial designs if you design and manufacture computer hardware and electronics.
Original industrial designs are considered intellectual property. Submit an application to the CIPO to protect your industrial designs for 10 years.