Designs – how it works

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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).

Read more and file a design application on PRV’s website

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.

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Requirements on designs

Must be new

The design must be new.

Distinctiveness

The overall impression must be different from designs that are previously known.

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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.

Search PRV’s databases and registers

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.

Read more about PRV’s consulting services

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What does it cost?

Read about fees and payment for design protection on PRV’s website

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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.

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International protection

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.

Read more about applying for design registration outside Sweden on PRV’s website

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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.

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Examples of designs

See examples of what can be design protected on PRV’s website

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Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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