A design patent is a form of legal protection granted to the visual design of hand-made and industrial products.
The two-dimensional or three-dimensional appearance of all or part of a product may be protected as a design if it is novel and possesses individual character.
A design is deemed to be novel if no identical design or one differing only in immaterial details has been made available to the public before the date of filing.
A design is considered to have individual character if the overall impression it produces on the informed user differs from the overall impression produced on such a user by any design which has been made available to the public before the date of filing. In assessing individual character, the degree of freedom of the designer in developing the design is taken into consideration.
- National and European and international design applications before to the DPMA, EIGE, EUIPO and WIPO
- Prosecution of appeal, revocation and cancellation proceedings before the DPMA, EIGE, EUIPO, BPatG and LG/OLG
- Enforcement of design rights before all LG and OLG, in court and out of court
- Expert opinions on the validity and infringement of designs
- Design monitoring