Design Directive

The European Design Directive, [1998] O.J. L 289/28 was enacted to provide uniform legal protection for industrial designs in the member states of the EU—member states are required thereby to enact conforming legislation into their domestic law. Protection is granted for an initial period of five years, extendable to twenty-five years. Not all aspects of a design are protected, and in principle the aesthetic/functionality distinction applies. See Community Design.

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