Industrial Design is the professional practice of designing products used by millions of people around the world every day. Industrial designers not only focus on the appearance of a product, but also on how it functions, is manufactured and ultimately the value and experience it provides for users.
Industrial models and design protection?
In principle, the owner of a registered industrial design has the right to prevent third parties from making, selling or importing articles bearing or embodying a design which is a copy, or substantially a copy, of the protected design
The aim of registering an industrial model and design is to protect a shape, pattern, colour or their combinations as applied on an innovative design of a product, which is aesthetic and capable of being applied on an industrial scale.
Protection of registered designs is applicable for 5 years and can be extended up to 25 years in total through 4 renewals in 5-year periods. Renewal of design and payment of renewal fee are performed within 6 months from the last day of the month in which the period of protection has expired. If this period is missed, renewal of designs can be subject to a penalty within the 6-month period.