Unregistered protection

Nowadays you can also get limited design protection without even applying for it.

Since 6 March 2002, the Community Designs Regulation has been in force in the EU. The regulation means, among other things, that you can get limited protection for a design without needing to do anything other than make your design public. This form of protection is only valid for three years. If you want longer and more comprehensive protection, you must apply for registered design protection within one year from the date that you made the design public.