The design is the external appearance of a product that is either industrially made or handcrafted. This can be furniture, clothing, cars or electrical appliances, for example. In this case, design protection applies to three-dimensional designs. But also, graphic symbols (two-dimensional design) or parts of products (e.g. a specially designed sole of a sports shoe) can be protected.
As experts for the design protection, we offer our clients competent legal and technical advice.
A Community design is an industrial property right of the European Union which can be regarded as a counterpart to the German design protection (registered design). With a Community design you can protect your creative design in all EU member states throughout Europe. This concerns all design features of the external appearance of a product:
By registration at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) you obtain design protection. Thus, with only one application we can protect your design throughout Europe. The legal framework is provided by the CDR (Community Design regulation), which distinguishes registered from unregistered Community designs. Your design only benefits from full design protection as a registered Community design (RCD). On your behalf, we will take over the application procedure at the EUIPO.