690. Capability of something being applied to an article.

In relation to old designs1, a design is not for the article itself but for something capable of being applied to the article2. In the case of a design for shape this distinction is chiefly a matter of words3, but in other cases it may be of importance, as questions of novelty and infringement have to be determined not merely by looking at the design as shown in the drawing lodged with the application, but also by considering how its appearance would be affected by alterations in the shape of the article to which it is applied