The protection for your design is based on the images published at registration. It is therefore important that you send in clear images.
The images can be photographs, illustrations or computer generated images. It is not compulsory to show a certain number of images – what is important is that the complete appearance is clearly presented.
We do not accept drawings with arrows, measurement indications or descriptive text.
- The complete appearance of the product shall be shown on the images.
- It is therefore good if you send in multiple images from different angles.
- If the design is three-dimensional or asymmetrical, images from different directions may be needed.
- If a part of a product shall be registered, the images shall only show the actual product part.
- The design shall only be shown with one kind of images: photographs or illustrations.
- If you photograph the product, the background must be neutral and free from other objects.
- The images may not have shadows or anything else that makes it difficult to see what is the actual product.
- A design is registered in the colour shown on the images.
- A registration applies for the appearance that is sent in on the application date. It is not permitted to change the appearance or add more products afterwards.
No objects other than the product shall be visible on the images and no measurements are to be included.
In order for it to be easy to understand a registration, there are rules for how the image material shall be formatted. The example below shows a clear image material:
An ornament is a free-standing creation of the imagination that can be used for decoration of various kinds of products, such as household paper, fabrics and wallpaper. Upon the registration of ornaments, the image must show the ornament free-standing. Note some examples below:
Upon the registration of a product part, the image material shall primarily only show the part that is to be covered by the protection. See examples below:
There are also other acceptable ways to show a product part. It is primarily recommended that what is to be protected is shown with solid lines. What is not to be covered by the protection is shown with broken lines.
What you want to protect is shown sharply. What is not to be covered by the protection is shown blurred.
If you want to make a certain part of a product clear, you can enclose an extra image in the form of a part magnification. It shall be shown as its own image, but must be a segment of a complete image. A part magnification is not accepted as one single depiction.
If you want to show that a product can take on different positions, you can show this with a separate image.
If a product does not have any specific length (such as profiles or beams) and has exactly the same appearance in the entire longitudinal direction, it can be shown with broken lines in the middle.
You can apply for several designs in the same application as long as they belong to the same primary class according to the Locarno Classification.
You pay a fee for each design in addition to the first one, which is included in the application fee.
In the illustration below, you can see how we define the number of design protections in an application.
Product: bottle, bottle, cap for bottle. Everything is in primary class 9.
The design is registered in the colour the image shows. Therefore, each respective colour is counted as its own design.
Each new variant of the product’s appearance is seen as a new design.
In order for your design to be as clear as possible in our registration journal and on the registration certificate, your images need to be of a good quality and sharpness. If you send them in digitally, we therefore want you to follow these requirements:
- Image format: JPG, PNG or GIF.
- File size: maximum 4 MB.
- Image size: minimum 800 x 600 pixels, maximum 2010 x 2835 pixels.
- Print resolution: minimum 300 dpi.
- It is the appearance shown on the images that is protected with a design registration.
- It is important that the images provide an accurate perception of your design’s appearance. If you have forgotten or skipped over any detail, it will not be covered by the registration. A design is protected for example in the colour shown on the image.
- You cannot expand the design’s protection by adding an explanatory text for anything that is not clearly visible in the image materials.