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Designs and Utillity Models

Design means the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation;

The appearance of a product, or a part thereof, rendered in three dimensions, resulting from the combination of the main characteristics, especially lines, contours, colors, shape, texture and/or ornamentation of the product itself.

Fulfills the legal requirements of registration the design/model that is considered new and if no identical design has been made public before the date of application for registration or, if priority was claimed, before the priority date.

Throughout the period of validity of the design registration, the proprietor has an exclusive right to use them and to prevent their use by a third party not having his consent.

The validity of a certificate of registration of the design is 10 years from the filing date and may be renewed for successive periods of five years.

The holder of the design is obliged throughout the period of validity to pay the fees for maintenance in force of the design. As in other categories of intellectual property rights, if the holder fails to pay these fees in legal terms, has a grace period of 6 months, but such fees paid will be increased by 50%.

In this respect, our company offers the following services:

  • Advice on filing an application for registration of a design/model;
  • Drafting and filing of registration request of a design/model;
  • Representation before the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks in different process steps for obtaining the registration certificate;
  • Applications for registration of a design to the European Union Intellectual Property Office;
  • Representation before courts in disputes concerning infringement of rights.