Registered Community Design is an unitary industrial design right that covers the European union and this consist of both registered and unregistered. Most of us must be familiar with the definition, nevertheless lets define it. Design is the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation. Certain criteria are very important for a design to be registered and some of the essential criteria are that the design should be novel and that no identical design was made available to the public. The next important criteria is that the design should have an individual character. The registration of a community design includes very simple procedures like single application, a single language of filing, a single administrative centre, a single file to be managed and a single payment. There is also the possibility of filing multiple applications which would then include several designs in one application. And last but not the least is the possibility of keeping the design confidential for up to 30 months.
The proprietors exclusive rights includes preventing an unauthorised party from making, offering, marketing, importing, exporting or sing a product in which the design is incorporated, or to which it is applied or holding stock of such a product for those purposes. if the unauthorised third party engages in any of the above acts it will be an infringement of the exclusive rights of the
Registered community design are very cost effective since it covers all the European Union Member States in single registration and if any new member state joins the European Union Registered Community Design is automatically extended to cover those new territories.
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