Metz

A. W. METZ & CO. AG

MARKEN-ANWÄLTE

CONSEILS EN MARQUES

TRADEMARK ATTORNEYS


in cooperation with Dr. Lusuardi AG, Patent attorney

 

Design

 
  
We provide consultation regarding the suitability of objects to be protected as designs and the appropriate type of registration. Plain and three-dimensional shapes can – depending on the requirements for protection – be a design or alternatively a device or form mark. Whereas the (threedimensional) trademark shall distinguish goods and/or services of enterprises from such of others, the design protects the appearance and the shape of a product.  
Designs which in the overall impression are similar to a prior registered design can be disputed. A design can be protected if it is new at the time of the filing and shows a certain unique nature. Both of these protection requirements are not, however, checked during the registration process. 
Series filings of designs are possible within the same application, if they are associated with the same Locarno class. A design must be filed as an image in reproducible form (photo or illustration). For the purpose of a temporary nondisclosure the publication of a design can be postponed, for a maximum duration of 30 months. The design registration can be extended four times to a period of 5 years each time, for a total duration of 25 years.  
We register designs for our clients in Switzerland and in the international register. With the help of our network of correspondent attorneys, which we have built over the course of decades, we also provide consultation for registrations abroad. 
  

  

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