Industrial design registration

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Registration of an industrial design

The exclusive right to the appearance of all or part of a product, deriving from the characteristics of, in particular, the lines, contours, colors, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation, through the Registration of an Industrial Design.

Industrial design registration

What is an industrial design?

An Industrial Design grants its owner an exclusive right (to use it and to prohibit its use by third parties without their consent), over the appearance of all or part of a product, derived from the characteristics of, in particular, the lines, contours, colors, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation. The designs may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.

The term of protection conferred by Industrial Designs is five years counted from the filing date of the registration application, and may be renewed for one or more successive periods of five years up to a maximum of twenty-five years computed from said date. date.

Why protect industrial designs?

An industrial design adds value to the product, makes it more attractive and attractive to customers and can even become the main reason for purchasing the product. Therefore, protecting valuable designs is often a critical part of any designer’s or manufacturer’s business strategy.

By protecting an industrial design through its registration in a national or regional Industrial Property (IP) office, the owner obtains the exclusive rights to prevent its reproduction or unauthorized imitation by third parties. It is a practice that responds to business logic, since it improves the competitiveness of a company and usually brings additional profits through one or more of the ways indicated below.