A design allows you to fully define and protect your innovation and should be protected as a highly valuable intellectual property company asset.
Article 3 of the Design Regulation defines a design as “The appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colors, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation”
We have extensive experience protecting our clients’ designs with EUIPO as both registered EU designs and unregistered EU designs. Both designations offer protection, but the extent of protection varies considerably with a registered EU design holding validity for five years from the date of filing (and up for renewals in periods of 5 years for up to 25 years). An unregistered EU design is given only 3 years of protection and it cannot be extended.
In addition, we offer services in obtaining national design registration for our clients.
We have experience in all aspects of European and international design law and offer a full range of community and national design services:
International Designs applications (The Hague System)