Design law covers models, drawings and designs. Models are three-dimensional shapes such as shoes, suitcases, chairs or a perfume bottle. Design rights protect a product’s appearance. It is the appearance that is the vital aspect here, provided that the design is new. A design right is obtained by registering the model or design with the competent authorities. It grants the holder an exclusive right to produce, distribute and sell the model. The holder of a design right may prohibit the use of his or her model or design for any of the above purposes. Design rights are often used in connection with fashions, interior design and household appliances.
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