Industrial Design Law

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National Industrial Designs

Industrial Designs are considered to be objects with aesthetic properties that may be used in industry. Patterns for the manufacture of industrial products, shapes of articles and, in general, works of craftsmanship that are appealing to the eye in terms of aesthetics, and can be used or sold in industry, may be eligible for protection under the intellectual property right of industrial designs.

In accordance with the Cyprus legislation on the “Legal Protection of Industrial Designs and Models Law” No. 4(I)/2002 (as amended), one may apply for the protection of such a design as long as this is novel, has an individual character and is filed in accordance with the provisions of this law.

Cyprus is a member of the Locarno Agreement, and the international classification for industrial designs in use is the Locarno classification system.

Persons seeking protection must file an application with the Office of the Cyprus Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (Industrial Designs Division), which must be accompanied by an Authorisation Form, authorising an advocate licensed to practise in Cyprus to act on their behalf.

The application for the protection of an industrial design must include:

  • The name, surname, nationality, address or registered office of the applicant, which may be a natural or legal person.
  • The description of the design for which protection is sought.
  • Graphic or photographic representation of a quality suitable for reproduction of the design or model, in dimensions of 6x6cm.
  • The request for the filing of the design or model in the Registry
  • The name and address of the authorised representative, who will receive all documents served when the applicant is not resident or does not have a registered office in Cyprus.

The application may also include:

  • The list of products that it may embody.
  • The classification in accordance with the Locarno classification system.
  • Declaration of the provenance or the right on the design or model if the creator is not the sole creator.
  • Application for the claiming of priority of a previous filing (if any).
  • Brief description of the characteristics of the design as well as any reference to colours.
  • Application for the publication of the design.
  • Declaration that the design or model was presented at a fair.

Unlike trade marks, the maximum duration of a protection of a design is twenty-five years from the initial date of filing of the application. The first renewal may be filed five years from the initial date of filing, and the design may be filed every five years thereafter by paying the relevant fees set out in Regulations 74/2002 (as amended).

Registered Community Designs (RCD)

As with Community Trade Marks (CTMs), the registration of a Community Design grants its proprietor a uniform right across all Member States of the European Union, via a single procedure.

When a design is registered, its date of registration is the date of initial application. In order to remain in force, an RCD must be renewed every five years, up to a maximum period of 25 years. The first renewal is due five years after the initial filing date. Application for renewals must be filed with the Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market within six months prior to the expiry of the registration.

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