Design protection requirements under German law and under European law

Requirements for design protection – novelty and individual character Novelty The design must be new at the date of filing the application. No design that is identical or differing only in immaterial details must have been published, exhibited or otherwise used in trade, before the date of filing or the priority date. An exception to […]

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European and international protection of a design right

Registered designs only have legal effect in the country in which they are registered (territoriality principle). Designs registered at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) are protected in the Federal Republic of Germany only. If you need protection for your design outside Germany the following options are available to you: an application for […]

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