You Design, We Protect

What Design Means

“Design” means the appearance of a product in whole or in part. It may consist, for instance, in the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation. Designs are virtually everywhere. Apart from the appearances of physical objects, they can be found in logos, computer icons, typefaces, artwork, maps, web designs, and many more. Features of appearance only dictated by technical function are not considered as designs.

Strategic Advice

We give you strategic advice regarding your design portfolio and future design applications. We help you develop a cost effective design protection strategy that corresponds to your projects and business plans.



Design Right

Designs meeting the relevant conditions, in particular, that they are new and have individual character, are protected by the design right, which is the exclusive right of the holder to use the design and to prevent any third party not having his consent from using it. “Using” means, in particular, the making, offering, putting on the market, importing, exporting or using of a product in which the design is incorporated or to which it is applied, or stocking such a product for those purposes.

Registered Designs

A registered design protects you against similar designs even when the infringing designs have been developed in good faith, i.e. without the intention to copy your design. A registered design thus covers all designs which do not produce on the informed user a different overall impression. A registered design has a maximum duration of 25 years. A registered design may claim the priority of an earlier design application. In some countries, the registration that protects designs is called “design patent”.

Unregistered Community Designs

Designs that are first made available to the public within the European Union may be protected as Unregistered Community Designs for a duration of three years from the date of disclosure. However, an Unregistered Community Design confers protection only to the extent that the infringing design is an intentional copy, which may be difficult to show.