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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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