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 Registered Design Registration

Novelty is important to registered design. The design should not be publicly disclosed in publications in the country or abroad before the date of filing. Registered design protection in Hong Kong is valid for a maximum of 25 years, a time for renewal every 5 years; China for 10 years, once every 1 year renewal; United States for 14 years, without renewal.

 What is Registered Design?

A design patent protects only the ornamental appearance of a product, not its utilitarian features. Any new design of the shape, the pattern or their combination, or the combination of the color with shape or pattern, of a product, which creates an aesthetic feeling and is fit for industrial application can apply for registered design.

 Design Valuation Essentials

When the patented technology with accurate market valuation, patents can be transformed as a commodity then bargain and authorization of commercial activities, at the same time the legal status of the patent and monopoly increase the products on the market share and visibility, as well as to enhance the market value of the product.

Between Patent for Invention & Registered Design

Patents for invention mean any new technical solution relating to a product, a process or improvement.

Patents for utility model represent any new technical solution relating to the shape, the structure, or their combination, of a product, which is fit for practical use.

Design, in the word of the Patent Law, means any new design of the shape, the pattern or their combination, or the combination of the color with shape or pattern, of a product, which creates an aesthetic feeling and is fit for industrial application. Thus, registered designs protect only the ornamental decorations or the artistic appearance of products.

The Right of Design Patent

The owner should print the “Registered Design” number issued by the IP Authority on the product’s packaging, advertisements and catalogue to indicate clearly that the design has been registered. E.g.: Hong Kong Design Reg. No. 54321

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