A Canadian industrial design application may include a single view or drawing showing the environment or context in which the article (to which the design is applied) is used. For example, if the article to which the design is applied is a garment, the application may include a front view of the garment, a rear view of the garment, left and right side views of the garment, a perspective view of the garment, and a single environmental view showing the garment as worn on the body of a person. The body of the person in this example is the environment and it must be reduced to stippled or broken lines in the environmental view. In addition, the description portion of the application must indicate that the body of the person is environment and does not form part of the design. If more that one view includes environmental subject matter, the Industrial Design Office will request that the environmental subject matter be removed from all but one view, the general rule being that the article to which the design is applied is to be shown in isolation. The purpose of an environmental view is to provide a better understanding of the design and/or the article to which the design is applied. Returning to the garment example, it may not be apparent what the design is from isolated views of the garment alone. An environmental view may be helpful is such cases.
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