The European Union Design system

A design generally means the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation.

Product means any industrial or handicraft item, including inter alia parts intended to be assembled into a complex product, packaging, get-up, graphic symbols and typographic typefaces, but excluding computer programs. Said design  can  be  protected  by  an unregistered or registered Community  design  to  the  extent  that  it  is  new  and  has  an individual character.


What is the registered Community design?

A registered Community design is a unitary industrial design right that covers the European Union. In particular, the rights to exclude a third party from commercial exploitation of product of same appearance. A Community design shall have a unitary character. It shall have equal effect throughout the EU.


Why should I register my design?

A design of a product often plays a key role in market success. Design protection confers on the design holder an exclusive right to use a design-making,  offering,  putting on the market, importing, exporting or using the product in which the design is  incorporated  or to which it is applied and to prevent  third parties from using it commercially without its prior  consent. Enforcement of registered industrial design is easy compared to the unregistered one.


What is the procedure to register your design?

There is a unified system  for  obtaining  a  Community  design. Once a design application is received at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO),the design will be checked by examiners. The unitary procedure brings benefits, such as one language proceeding; one payment, and an application may be a multiple application requesting the registration of several designs.

Formality check

All design applications go through a formalities check. When an examiner detects a problem, it is communicated to an applicant or representative for remedying. There are normally given two months to respond to the examiner’s objection.

Substantive examination

EUIPO’s substantive examination is limited to two issues:

  • Is your design a design with the meaning of Article 3(a) CDR?
  • Does the design contain an element that goes against public policy and morality?


All registered Community designs are published in the Community Designs Bulletin, which is published in electronic format only, on the Office’s website.

Issuing a registration certificate

A registration certificate is issued online after the registered Community design has been published in full.


Cost of registration of community design.

The registration of Community design at EUIPO is cost and time effective. Do not hesitate to ask us on our quotation.


Term and Scope of Protection of the registered community design.

A registered Community design grants a proprietor exclusive rights in all current and future Member States of the European Union through a single registration, filed online. It is valid for 5 years and it can be renewed for a maximum of 25 years, 5 years at a time.

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