684. Requirement of novelty and individual character.

A design1 is protected by a right in a registered design to the extent that the design is both new and has individual character2. For these purposes, a design is new if no identical design or no design whose features differ only in immaterial details has been made available to the public before the relevant date3. A design has individual character if the overall impression it produces on the informed user differs from the overall impression produced on such a user by any design which has been made available to the public before the relevant date4.

In determining the extent