What kinds of illustrations or drawings of designs will be accepted?
Accepted illustrations for design applications are line drawings, computer-generated pictures or photographs in either black-white (grayscale) or color. Contour lines and shadings are not required.
With regard to disclaimed parts please refer to our information sheet “The partial design system in Japan”.
How many illustrations are necessary?
Illustrations of all six sides of the design as a Multiview orthographic projection or at least two illustrations as an isometric projection, which sufficiently show all sides of the design, are necessary. Said illustrations are essential even if the feature of the design is only seen in the front view or the design can be sufficiently illustrated with perspective drawings.
Exceptions may only be made for symmetrical designs where one illustration can be used for identical views, or for heavy machinery or vehicles for which the bottom view may be omitted.
Example for the Multiview Orthographic Projection: