3. Is the design new?
To acquire exclusive rights to a product by design registration, the product's appearance must be different from any design that already exists.
If you have shown your design publicly (such as on a webpage), you must submit your application within 12 months after showing it for the first time.
Check if a similar design is already registered
It may be useful to spend some time searching in design databases to see what already exists of similar design.
You can check yourself in the following databases:
- Search NIPO's database
- DesignView - design from EU, Norway and USA
- Global Design Database - includes international design registrations from WIPO
You can also ask us at NIPO to check our register. This is a paid service.
Read more about our Preliminary Search Service
Do you have a technical solution or logo associated with the design?
If your design also has a completely new technical solution you should consider applying for a patent. Please note that for patents, novelty is an absolute requirement. You must not show your invention
If you wish to combine patent and design registration, you must therefore take into account that:
- the design application must not be made public until you have filed your patent application
- the design application must be filed within 12 months after the patent application has been made publically available, due to the novelty requirement (grace period)
Logos: If you wish to use a specific name or a logo for your product, you should consider registering it as a trademark.
Read more about trademark registration