Registering your design protects the shape and appearance of your product. The main advantage of design registration over copyright is that it makes it easier to take action against competitors trying to counterfeit or emulate your product. NLO Shieldmark would be happy to advise you on design applications and register your design for you.
Each design must be registered in the country in which it requires protection. The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg all share the same design register. You also have the option of applying for design registration in all EU countries via one single application. Other countries, both within and outside Europe, have their own trademark register. In most cases, a registered design lasts for five years but can be renewed for a total of up to 25 years.
The most suitable avenue for protection of your design depends largely on your design and the countries you are trading in or wish to trade in.
The authorities in the Benelux and Europe will not scrutinise the novelty and individual character of your design, but they will expect your design application to meet certain conditions. This is why we require:
We charge a fixed fee for our design registration services. This includes all aspects of the design registration process, such as providing advice on the correct type of illustration, submitting the application, checking and submitting the proof of registration, and monitoring the expiry date of the design registration in our renewal database.
If you wish to register a design, we can draw up and submit your application for a design registration. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.