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We have summarised all the criteria you should take into account before submitting your application.


Your strategy

Have you created a design protection strategy?

Yes

No

I want to check

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Do you want us to publish your design(s) immediately after registration? check

Depending on your strategy, you may, when filing a design application, request that its publication be deferred for a period of 30 months from the date of filing the application or, if priority is claimed, from the date of priority.

Deferring publication enables you to keep your design confidential while still enjoying the benefits of registration. This option is of most value to rapidly changing economic sectors, such as fashion design. The period of confidentiality gives you the opportunity to develop your marketing strategy further or finalise preparations for production without competitors being aware of your design.

A deferment fee has to be paid when filing your application. In the case of a multiple application, you can choose to request deferment for only some of the designs rather than the whole set. Read how to publish your design.



What can be a registered Community design

Have you checked out the competition?

Yes

No

I want to check

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Is your design new? Does it possess individual character? check
Have you prepared the graphical representation of your design(s)? check


The design and its product(s)

Do you know which product within the Locarno classification your design applies to?

Yes

No

I want to check

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If you want to file more than one design, do they all belong to the same class? check


Ownership

You will have to provide us with accurate details of the proprietor of the design. Do you have this information?

Yes

No

I want to check

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Do you need a representative? check

It seems like you have everything you need to submit your design application.
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Please remember: If you're not sure about any of these items you can seek professional advice.

Page last updated 05-12-2013