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Blog 11 Jun 2019

"How do I protect a design?"

In this rubric, the basics regarding Intellectual Property will be explained. #YouAskWeAnswer. We have shifted our focus from trademarks to designs.

The legislation for designs stipulates that a design must be registered to qualify for protection. You may apply for design registration in each country. By filing one application, you can also obtain a right in different countries, for example:

  • The Benelux countries.
  • The European Union, where registration offers protection in all member-states (the EU Design).
  • International registration based on the The Hague Agreement, where you can single out those countries in which you seek protection. There are two possibilities: 

A) Geneva Act (1999) with the European Union: OAPI (African IP organisation), Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France (including all overseas territories), Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Norway, Ukraine, Oman, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tomé and Principe, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Switzerland.

B) The Hague Act (1960) with the Benelux countries: Albania, Belize, Benin, Bulgaria, Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea, Germany, France, Gabon, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Mali, Morocco, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Niger, Ukraine, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Suriname and Switzerland.