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Patent Law Firm

Dr. Keller
Schwertfeger

We protect your innovations.

Design patents

Registered designs or design patents afford protection for a specific external shape, which is evident either on a flat surface (two-dimensional) or as a spatial structure (three-dimensional).

The registered design gives the owner the exclusive right to use the design. Furthermore, the owner of a registered design can prohibit others from using the protected design without his consent.

Protection begins when the design is entered in the Designs Register. In Germany, it can be maintained for up to 25 years from the filing date.

Designs can be filed nationally. It is also possible, however, to file a Community design in which a design is protected within the entire European Union.

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