Registered Designs

Membership of International Conventions:

  • Paris Union (from 1 March 1984)
  • WIPO (from 3 February 1984)
  • ARIPO (from 24 September 2011)
  • Hague Agreement (from 31 August 2011)

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Designs

Novelty Requirements:

An industrial design or model may be registered, provided that it is new.

An industrial design or model shall be novel, if it has not been disclosed, in any place in the world, in the form of a tangible publication, by use or any other means, prior to the filing date or, where appropriate, the priority date of the registration request.

An industrial design or model shall be novel if it is not anticipated by the prior art.

The prior art shall consist of everything that has been disclosed, anywhere in the world, by publication intangible form, by oral disclosure, by use of industrial or model or in any other way, prior to the filing date of the industrial design or model in the empowered authority or, where appropriate, the priority date of the application claiming the design.

A disclosure of the industrial design or model shall not be taken into consideration, if it occurred within six months preceding the filing date of the industrial design or model or, where appropriate, the priority date of the application, and if it has resulted directly or indirectly from acts committed by the applicant or his legal predecessor, or from a violation committed by a third-party with regard to the applicant or his legal predecessor.

Registrability:

A design shall be any assembly of lines or colours, and any plastic shape, associated with lines or colours or otherwise, shall be a model, provided that this assembly or shape gives a special appearance to an industrial or craft product and may serve as a model for the manufacture of an industrial or craft product.

Two or more industrial designs or models may be the subject of the same application, provided that they are part of the same class under the international classification or of the same set or composition of items.

Protection shall not be extended to the features of an industrial design or model which are used only to obtain a technical effect and insofar as they leave no freedom as regards arbitrary features of the product’s appearance.

Industrial designs and models contrary to public order or morality may not be registered.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed within three 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.
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority claimed (can be late filed within three months).
  • Verified Translation of Priority Document if not in English or French (can be late filed within three months).
  • Assignment (can be late filed within three months).

Preferred Publication:

At the time the application is filed, it may contain a request for publication of the industrial design or model, once registered, to be suspended for a maximum period of twelve months from the application filing date or, where priority is claimed, from its priority date.

Substantive Examination:

Limited substantive examination.

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.

ARIPO design in which Rwanda is designated:

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