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If you want to protect your design so that nobody can copy it, you should apply for design protection.
If you want to protect your design in Sweden, apply for protection with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV).
If your application is registered, you will receive a design protection that is valid for a maximum of 25 years. It is important to know that you have 12 months to register your design at PRV if it has been published before you apply for design protection. This is called the grace period.
Requirements on designs
Must be new
The design must be new.
The overall impression must be different from designs that are previously known.
You can find out if the product is unique on your own
You will need to investigate whether your design is different from previously known and registered designs or whether it is considered too simple.
PRV also has consulting services to help you find out if your design is new, if there are similar products and who your competitors are.
What does it cost?
Protection is not always necessary
There are some instances where protection is not necessarily the best solution. If you have created something that has a very short life span, you may not need to apply for design protection because the competitors will not be have time to plagiarise your design during the short time the product is in demand.
In many cases, it may be advisable to first apply for design protection in Sweden, in order to later, within the scope of the period of priority, expand the protection area to the whole of the EU. That way you will have time to decide whether or not to apply for protection throughout the EU.
Design protection and design patent
Two terms for the same thing. PRV usually uses the term design protection when describing and providing information. Legal texts use the term “design patent”. Whatever term is used, they now stand for the same thing, meaning the protection of the appearance of a product.
Examples of designs
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