The current globalization of the markets has created the need to provide protection to new creations internationally. The Community Registered Designs are an excellent option due to its fast registration and low cost. These rights are regulated by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM).
A registered design gives the owner an exclusive right to use it and to forbid its use by third persons without its consent, on the appearance of the totality or a part of a product, which must result from the features of, especially, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation. The designs may be two or three dimensional.
The application for registration of a Community Design concerns all 28 Member States of the European Union: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden.