Industrial Designs

Creations can become protected designs when they meet the following conditions:

  • The design must be new.
  • It must be inherently distinctive from existing designs in significant points.
  • It must not be against public morality or law.

The Institute does not examine a design for newness or distinctiveness. This is why others can legally contest, for instance, its newness at anytime. The courts then need to decide if a protective title is valid or not. If not, the design is cancelled in the register.