With a design registration, the holder (owner) of this design registration is granted the exclusive right to exploit (to use) the design for a certain amount of time. A design refers to the external design of a product, usually a utility product, but design registrations are also filed for a particular design, drawing, logo or other object.
With the design registration, the holder has obtained a monopoly for a certain period of time (a maximum of 25 years for a European Union Design l). Also the owner can object to similar designs.
A design can also be protected by us in other countries outside the European Union, for example in China, Canada or the USA (America).
A design is the external appearance of a product (product). For example the shape of a product (product form) or the appearance of a product (design).
The appearance of a coffee machine
The shape of a sports car or a part of a car.
After a successful application the applicant will receive a registration certificate with which the design is registered in the design register. The design is then protected for a first period of five years which can be extended with identical periods of five years to a maximum protection period of 25 years.
A design registration is something different than a industrial patent.
If you have any questions, or want to start protecting your design immediately? Then feel free to contact us.