Is design your primary focus, as an entrepreneur? If so, it may be wise to record your design or drawing (or a combination of both) by means of registering your design.
A design or drawing relates to the appearance of a product or part of a product, for example a new design for headphones, a watch, a coffee-maker, clothing or bag. The appearance, which is also referred to as the design, results from features such as lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or the materials of the product itself or its ornamentation. The design must be novel and have individual character.
You can record your design by registering it with BOIP. Doing so, affords you exclusive rights to use the design and, for example, enables you to protect your design or drawing from anyone who wants to copy or use it without authorisation. A design registration is valid for five years and can be extended (renewed) for five-year periods, up to a maximum of 25 years in total.
To claim a design right, the design must be novel and have individual character.
Monopoly on your designBy registering it, you secure the exclusive right to use your design commercially.
- Your design is a valuable asset
You can sell or license your design, for instance.
- Protected from unauthorised use
If your design is registered, you can take action against competitors who copy it, i.e. use it without your authorisation.
Upon successful completion of the registration procedure, your design will be entered in the official Benelux Designs Register. You will receive a letter of confirmation to that effect. You can find a copy of your registration in My BOIP.
Apply for design registration in four steps
Registration protects the appearance of your design. Registration costs apply. Follow the steps below to check what options and opportunities are open to you.
Maintaining your design registration
Have you registered your design? If so, it is important to maintain your design registration. This involves extending your registration on time and keeping all the data up to date.
Design registration outside the Benelux
You can apply to register your design for the Benelux at BOIP. Do you (also) want to register your design outside the Benelux? If so, you can register it for the entire European Union, for example, or for specific countries inside or outside the European Union.