National Industrial Design
An Industrial Design gives its owner an exclusive right (for use and to prevent unauthorized permission), about the appearance of a part or the whole product, remarking its characteristics, such as, lines, outlines, colors, shape, texture, materials or ornamentation. They can be two- or three-dimensional.
The protection of Industrial Designs are five years from the date of its application, and can be renovated every five years, for a maximum of twenty-five years, from its application date.
Community Industrial Designs
The Community design gives a protection of a shape or graphic of two or tree dimensions in the 15 countries of the European Union, through an application, procedure, assignment and maintenance before the OAMI (Office of Harmonization of the Domestic Market), as it is made with the Community Trademark. The present advantage is that there is no exam or objection to a third part.
The validity of the Industrial Design is five years from its application date on, and can be renovated through a payment every five years to a maximum of twenty five years.
Authorized representative in design and trademarks community nº 21803
International Industrial Design
Through a single payment at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), a register of an Industrial Design can be simultaneously obtained in those countries within The Hague Agreement, which are the followings:
Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bulgaria, Cote d’Ivore, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Korea, Dutch West Indies, Federal Republic of Costa Marfil, Egypt, Estonia, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Rumania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Switzerland, Ukraine.
The validity of an Industrial Design is ten years, and can be renovated for ten more years.