Registered Designs

Membership of International Conventions:

  • Paris Union (from 3 September 1977)
  • WIPO (from 30 March 1977)

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Designs

Novelty Requirements: 

An industrial design shall be considered to be new if it has not been disclosed in any part of the world, by publication in a tangible form or by use or in any other form prior to the date of filing or, as the case may be, the date of priority of the application for registration. 

Registrability: 

An industrial design is any combination of lines or colours or any plastic form, whether or not it is associated with lines or colours, provided this combination or this form gives a special appearance to an industrial or crafts product and can serve as a type for the manufacture of an industrial or crafts product, and that it attracts the eye and is judged visually. Industrial designs and references which are contrary to public order or morality may not be accepted for registration. Two or more industrial designs may be the subject of the same application, provided they come under the same class in the international classification or refer to the same set or assortment of articles. 

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed within two months).
  • Drawings, photographs or other appropriate graphic representations of the design (required on the day of filing).
  • An indication of the kind of products for which the industrial design or model is intended to be used in French.
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority claimed, with verified French translation (can be late filed within three months).
  • Assignment (can be late filed).

Deferred Publication: 

At the time of filing, the application may contain a request for the postponement of the publication of the design after its registration for a period not exceeding twelve months as from the date on which the application was filed or, if priority is claimed, as from its date of priority.

Substantive Examination: 

None 

Duration and Renewal: 

Design registration is valid for an initial term of five years from the filing date, which is renewable upon payment of the required fees for two further terms of five years each. A grace period of six months is provided for the payment of the renewal fee after the deadline.

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