When filling an application timing is very important, taking into account the originality requirement for industrial designs in most legislation, it is in general crucial to file an application for registration or for the grant of a patent before publicly disclosing it, to avoid destroying its originality. If the industrial design has already been disclosed to the public for example, by an advertisement published on the company’s website, it may no longer be considered as “new” or “original” and may become part of the public domain.
Articles in this section
- What is the difference between the protection offered by a 3D trademark and that one offered by a drawing or design?
- Who can apply for an industrial design registration?
- What is a non-registrable design?
- Why are industrial designs relevant to my business?
- When should I file an application?
- How can industrial design rights be obtained in more than one country?
- What is the difference between an industrial design right and a patent?
- How are industrial design rights enforced?
- How long does industrial design protection last?
- How are industrial designs protected?