Design law

The registered design protects designs (i.e. the styling of an object in form and color), be they of crafted, artistic or industrial origin.

In contrast to copyright law, the protection of a design does not usually begin "automatically" at the time of a design’s creation, but after completing the filing and registration procedures at the proper office.

Designs trigger feelings and thus facilitate the positioning of a product on the market. This is equally true for simple consumer goods such as ballpoint pens as it is for complex products such as printing machines, spare parts for vehicles and entire production facilities.