Designs

DESIGNS

(TERM: 25 YEARS FROM FILING)

Designs and models are useful to protect the aesthetics of those industrial and handicraft products having a configuration that provides them with an individual character.
Through registration, the author of a design or model obtains exclusive rights over the same.
Registration is the only really effective tool that rewards, both from the point of view of recognising the paternity of the works, and from the economic point view, the author’s aesthetic creative efforts; it is also a valid tool to act against imitators.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO FILE APPLICATIONS IN SWITZERLAND

  • POWER OF ATTORNEY  
    Signed without legalization by the applicant or, in the case of a company, by the legal representative. The signatory’s address and position within the company must be indicated.
  • TEXT OF THE SPECIFICATION
    Very short.
  • ONE OR MORE DRAWINGS AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHS
  • PRIORITY
    The country and the filing date of the prior application must be indicated on filing.
  • MULTIPLE ORNAMENTAL MODELS
    A single application may cover more than one item if they are all included in the same class of the Locarno classification. The required documents are as above.