A Guide to Design Registration
How to protect a design in the EU and worldwide
- What can be protected by a design registration
- European and international design registration
- Filing applications
- Registration, publication, invalidity and appeal
- Examples and case law
Aims and objectivesWhat is a design? It is the appearance of a product, its shape, pattern and colour. An inventor that has created a design wishes to commercialise and distribute his product. Now, it becomes essential to protect the newly invented design, in order to protect the inventor's rights and avoid counterfeiting. The protection of a design is increasingly important for enterprises. Thus, law firms that represent them need qualified staff with adequate knowledge of the various filing and registration procedures. What to do and what not. This course will help participants adequately prepare an application for filing with EUIPO/WIPO and provide guidance on administrative aspects such as the required filing documentation, procedural steps, monitoring time limits and fees. It outlines the formal requirements for applications and aims to provide a practical understanding of the special filing systems. It also includes the link between EU design protection and the Hague Agreement. This provides users with options for the extension of their protection, as well as a cost-effective application process. Participants will have the opportunity to ask our experts questions on all aspects of the procedure, and discuss common problems and practical solutions. Subsequently, they will be able to submit complex applications with WIPO or EUIPO.
- Evaluation and value of designs
- What can be registered
- What cannot be registered
- Criteria before application, novelty, individuality
- Priority right
- Design search
- [Euro]Locarno classification
- The right design application process - graphic representation
- Multiple applications
- Representative, non-EU applicants
- Costs and terms of protection
- Substantive examination
- Dos and don'ts
- Proof of registration
- Apply online
- Time limits and form
- Decision of the board of appeal
- Why is it important to protect designs?
- How to protect your rights: registration procedure, Hague System e-filing
- Formal requirements, reproductions, additional required documentsOnline tools: fee calculator, guide for users, International Designs Bulletin, the Hague Express database
... is a principal administrator at EUIPO, following 12 years as coordinator in the Designs Department. Before he joined the Office in June 2001, he worked as a patent attorney in private practice and as a research student at the Max Planck Institute in Munich. He is a well-known speaker and the author of various books and publications on European design law.
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Attendees will be updated with the latest, important information and amendments with regard to design rights.