Design is the external appearance of a product that makes it different from other products. It provides an added value, which is often the main reason for purchase, and is also an important commercial asset. Registering the design makes it possible to prevent third parties from using it without consent. Find out how here.
Before applying for registration of your design, it is advisable to check whether there are other prior designs that may oppose registration.
The registration of an industrial design has a legal duration of 5 years, which is renewable for successive periods of 5 years up to a maximum of 25 years. In addition, the industrial design application and registration allow you to oppose the registration of subsequent designs that are the same or similar to yours.
Industrial designs are industrial property (IP) titles that you can license or assign. Find out more here.
Find out in which cases a registered design expires and enters the public domain.