Protection and exploitation of designs

According to the Code of Industrial Property, this category includes all designs representing the appearance of the whole product (even complex), or part of it according to its characteristics of lines, contours, colours, shape, texture, materials or its ornamentation, provided that it is new and has an individual character.

A product is any industrial or handicraft item; a complex product is composed of multiple components which can be replaced.

Our firm's customers can use the following services:

  • consulting and assistance for the protection of designs;
  • preparing and filing applications for the protection of designs in any state, country of the European Union or internationally;
  • transfer of models or designs in Italy and abroad, licensing and preparation of related documents;
  • providing advice on issues of validity or infringement;


Registration protects a design (model or design) in the entire Italian territory and in the State of San Marino, and it can also be recognised in the Vatican City. It is valid for 5 years, with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 25 years.


Registration protects a design in all EU countries. It is valid for 5 years, with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 25 years.


Registration protects the design (model or design) that meets the requirements of the national legislation of the states designated in the application. It is valid for 5 years, with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 25 years.


There are several levels of protection: national, EU and international.

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