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EU public consultation on design law

The European Commission intends to review existing European legislation on design protection by conducting an online survey. The public consultation "Evaluation of EU legislation on design protection" runs until 31 March 2019 and is aimed primarily at companies, designers, public authorities and associations, but also at the general public.

The existing legal provisions of the European Union in the field of design protection date back to 1998 (Design Directive 98/71/EC) and 2002 (Regulation on Community Designs No. 6/2002). The consultation is now intended to gather facts and opinions from stakeholders on the extent to which this legislation functions as intended and is still considered useful. On this basis, the Commission hopes to draw conclusions for improving, modernising and further harmonising the above legislation.

Given the growing economic importance of design protection in encouraging innovation and the development of new products with attractive designs, there is a growing need for accessible, modern, effective and consistent legal protection for designs or registered designs in the EU.

Here you can take part in the online consultation:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-3527248/public-consultation_en

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  • Milestones (04/01/2019)
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Last updated: 19/02/19 

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