Protect a unique design with design registration
Have you designed a unique product, shape or design? For example, a new chair, piece of clothing or device with an innovative look? Protect it with a design registration. By doing so, you ensure that others cannot use, imitate or misuse your design.
Protect your design in 3 steps
Check. We check whether the design meets the legal requirements, that is, whether the design is new and has an individual character.
Protect. Together we determine the best protection strategy and the views (images) are selected for the best protection. We apply for the design with the official authority and ensure that all formal requirements are met.
Act. Once registered, we keep the design in management. We advise and assist in the global expansion, extend the design registration when necessary (max. 25 years), and are always available in case of infringement. This way, your design remains well-protected.
Want to know if your designs are eligible for design protection?
If you handle the registration of your design in the EU or Benelux well, you will be guaranteed a design right. The design authorities do not check whether a design meets the legal requirements (but we do), however, they are strict about how a design is applied for.
Top 7 questions about design registration
To qualify for proper design protection, the design must be "new" and have an "individual character”. It must not be too similar to a design that already exists. At IPCO, we always assess whether a design meets the requirements and the best way to protect a design is.
A design registration is valid for 5 years and can be renewed up to a maximum of 25 years.
Yes, you can. A multiple design application allows you to submit multiple designs in 1 application, provided the designs fall within the same protection category.
The procedure for a design registration differs per country/area. In the Benelux and European Union, the registration procedure is purely formal. The authority does not check whether a design meets the design requirements at the time of application. If the application meets all the formalities, the design is often registered within 2 to 4 weeks.
The costs of design registration differ per country/area. It also depends on the number of designs you wish to protect in one application and sometimes on the number of published 'views' (images of the design).
In the Benelux countries, a design registration costs on average between € 450 and € 650. In the EU, a design registration costs approximately € 850. That includes advice, official agency fees, registration and management.
Often this is possible within 6 months after the expiration date.
Yes, in most countries of the world. However, there are often specific requirements for design protection. It is also important that the design is still new: not only in that country, but also anywhere else. That is why it is important that you protect the design in important markets within 1 year after the first publication.