Intellectual property is a very wide field and has many types of rights protection including industrial design. What is it and what are the rights of industrial design?
Industrial design is a form of intellectual property. It can have several models, which used to produce an industrial product. There are many consumers that choose a product based on how it looks. Furthermore, well-designed products are competitive for companies.
When a new and original design is created, applied to a product, and commercialized, it is very important to protect the design legally.
Once the industrial design is registered, it can be protected for a period of five years from the date of filing the application but you have a right of extension.
An industrial design right protects only the appearance or aesthetic features of a product, but not the technical or functional features. That features are protected by a patent.
Remember an industrial design cannot be protected if it is not published in an official bulletin.
An industrial design cannot be registered if
- it is contrary to Article 6th of the Paris Convention
- its use is contrary to public interests and moral principles of people
- contains symbols, emblems, coat of arms which are contrary to Article 6th of the Paris Convention
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