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Industrial Designs

Definition

An industrial design is an original creation of an ornamental nature, which, when incorporated in or applied to a product, lends a special appearance to it. These characteristics may result from its shape, lines, outline, configuration, colour, texture or material.

Designs can be protected by different means: through a registration system, through a system of non-registration and through copyright. Registration can be obtained at three different levels: national, regional and international. The best route usually depends on the markets in which the applicant intends to operate.

Resources about industrial designs

European IP Helpdesk

European IP Helpdesk - Guide to IP in Europe
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(1.79 MB - PDF)
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China IP Helpdesk

China IP SME Helpdesk - Understanding and Using China’s Design Patent
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(7.5 MB - PDF)
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Latin America IP Helpdesk

Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - Industrial Designs in Latin America in a Nutshell
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(815.97 KB - PDF)
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Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - IP in the Fashion Industry
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(2.92 MB - PDF)
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Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - IPR as a tool for internationalisation: Designs
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(1.39 MB - PDF)
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South-East Asia IP Helpdesk

South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk - Guide on Industrial Designs Protection in South-East Asia
English
(3.45 MB - PDF)
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Thanks to the joint efforts of both IP Key Latin America and the EUIPO, the Mexican Institute of IP (IMPI) has just found common grounds with the criteria listed under the EUIPO's Common Communication (CP6) — Convergence on graphic representations of designs - Common Communication.

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