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Design search

A design must be novel in order to establish rights. Is you design examined during the registration procedure? No, in most countries no examination takes place. It thus happens that you acquire a certificate of registration of your design but that no rights are vested in the design!

Do you want to be sure if your design is novel? Then it is an option to conduct a search on designs. We offer searches on earlier registered designs. The design owner should however know what is available on the market in order to determine if there are not any unregistered designs. So certainty in this respect is not to get.

A search on registered designs does not provide an exclusive and definitive answer on the novelty of a design. Moreover, a design search is costly.

In practice most clients choose not to spend money on searches because the costs do not outweigh the the costs of a design application.