Design in EU

A design registration helps protect a unique design against copying. International design registration may begin with a EU design registration.

  • Do you have packaging, toys, tools, jewellery, or household goods where protection against others copying it is essential?

Then a design protection might be relevant and you can begin your international design protection in the EU and then continue to the rest of the world.

European Community design

Since 2003, it has been possible to file a single design application providing design protection in all 28 EU member states.

A Community design may protect the appearance of whole or part of a product resulting from the design features, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape and/or materials, of the product itself and/or its ornamentation.

Protection requirements

A design shall be protected by a Community design to the extent that it is novel and has individual character.

A design shall be considered to be novel if no identical design has previously been made available to the public.

Term of protection

The term of protection of a Community design is 25 years. The first period is five years and the registration may be renewed for one or more periods of five years each, up to a total term of 25 years from the date of filing.


Contact our design team for information and non-binding meeting about design protection of your designs.

We are able to assist you in anything from preparing the design application and all the way through the process.

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