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.