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What is an industrial design or model and how is it protected?

An Industrial Design or Model is the appearance of the whole or part of a product, which arises from its particular characteristics. The line, outline, shape, form and colour, constitute among others, elements of the outer appearance of a product.

A certificate of registering a design or model is granted to the beneficiary, for a new and unique design or model under the applicant’s responsibility.

The Industrial Design is protected for twentyfive (25) years, provided that the renewal fees are paid every five years.

What is the procedure for the submission of an application for an industrial design or model in Cyprus?

The filing of an industrial design or model is made by the submission of an application (ΒΣΥ1) to the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, accompanied by:

  • the illustrations of each design or model;
  • (form ΒΣΥ5) in case where the applicant has no residence or registered office in the Republic of Cyprus;
  • application fee payment;
  • first five-year protection period fee.

No lawyer is required for the submission of the application for the filing of an industrial design.

What does the protection provided consist of?

The beneficiary of an industrial design or model acquires the exclusive right to use it, meaning to manufacture it and generally to commercially exploit it by prohibiting its use by any third party without their consent.

What is a design or model certificate?

The certificate of filing an industrial design or model is a protection title granted to the proprietor for an industrial design or model that is new and unique.

How the search for a registered industrial design is conducted?

Through the Design View tool and eSearch plus tool of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) you can search among national and community industrial designs or models filed in the Republic of Cyprus as well in intellectual property offices of other countries.

Furthermore, the global industrial design database is also available for search through the website of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Can I apply a request to postpone the publication of my design application?

In case you need additional time for purposes e.g. of further development of your product or its promotion, you may complete the relevant field of the application (form ΒΣΥ1) in relation to publication postponment, for a period up to 12 months, accompanied by the relevant fee of forty-two euros and seventy-two cents (€42,72).

Can I claim a priority date based on my previous application in another country?

Yes, provided that previous filing, concerns the same design or model and has been submitted in one of the member states of the European Union (or a member-state of the Treaty of Paris) within a 6 month period before the filing of the national application in the Republic of Cyprus.

Can i make any changes to the application that I have already submitted?

Following the submission of the application, few changes are allowed, such as changes or corrections to applicant or proprietor of the industrial design or model details.

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