Industrial design patent. How to apply?
An artistic or design solution for an item (article) identifying its appearance and being new and original is recognized as an industrial design that is granted legal protection. An industrial or handicraft product is considered as an item.
An application for a patent of the Republic of Belarus for an industrial design is filed with the National Center of Intellectual Property.
An application for an industrial design has to concern one or a group of industrial designs belonging to the same class of the International Classification of Industrial Designs (the Locarno Classification).
An application must contain:
Examination of an application for an industrial design doesn’t concern the compliance of the claimed industrial design with the conditions of patentability (novelty and originality).
The term of a design patent is 10 years from the filing date. At the request of the patent holder this term may be extended for no longer than 5 years.
The application materials must be drawn up in compliance with the following normative legal acts:
You can get advice on drafting an application: