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The definition of the industrial design


The design consists in the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article or part of it (produced by industry or handcraft, including the packing, graphic symbols, and features, but excluding the programs for their elaboration), that results from the shape, the surface, the color, form, of an article, two-dimensional features, patterns, lines, materials or their ornaments.



Registration of an industrial design


When an industrial design is protected, the owner - the person or entity that has registered the design - is granted an exclusive right against unauthorized copying or imitation of the design  or the detention of such articles for the purposes above by third parties. The protection is granted against unauthorised: production, offer, trade, import,-export or the use of an article on which the design or the model are applied.



The registration provides protection for 5 years from the application. The owner can obtain the renewal, for one or more periods of 5 years, up to a maximum of 25 years from the application's presentation date.


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