The Protection of Unregistered Designs in EU Law


  • Magdalena Kropiwnicka University of Białystok, Poland



unregistered Community design, short term products, protection, industrial design, novelty, individual character


It is significant that two forms of protection exist because some sectors of industry produce a large number of designs for products which are on the market for a very short time. Protection without registration formalities and fees is an advantage. However, there are sectors of industry which value the advantages of registration. These sectors value the possibility of longer term protection more than the shorter term protection provided by an unregistered Community design. One of the important benefits is that unregistered Community design protection does not require any documents, but the owners have to prove the exclusive right belongs to them. Another significant advantage is that an unregistered Community design can be changed to a registered design during the twelve- month grace period from the disclosure.


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Author Biography

  • Magdalena Kropiwnicka, University of Białystok, Poland

    Doctoral student at the Department of Intellectual Property at the Faculty of Law at the University of Białystok.


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How to Cite

The Protection of Unregistered Designs in EU Law. (2019). Eastern European Journal of Transnational Relations, 3(1), 81-92.