Registration of a design allows protecting the appearance of a product, in its entirety or a part of it, such appearance resulting from the characteristics of its lines, contours, colours, shape, and surface structure.
The product can be any industrial or artisan object, a component to be assembled into a more complex product, a package, a graphic symbol, a topographical character or a presentation.
The design can be registered in Italy and in other countries of interest around the world, directly or as an extension of the Italian design. ACCAPI assists its clients in the protection and management of their designs portfolio and in completing all related activities, such as:
- Designs searches in Italy and worldwide
- Preparation and registration of designs in Italy and worldwide and management of the related registration and renewal procedures
- Invalidity procedures
- Registrations and annotations of deeds in Italy and abroad which modify the design ownership
- Opinions on interference with prior designs
- Technical and legal assistance in judicial and extrajudicial disputes
- Assistance with contracts for design licensing and for assignment and transfers of design rights
And speaking of designs…
- The father of industrial design is universally acknowledged to be Raymond Loewy, who from the ‘20s through to the ‘70s registered dozens of designs in a wide range of fields: from consumer products to means of transport. His fame became so great that in 1963 he was commissioned by the United States Federal Government to design the postage stamp commemorating the late John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
- The design of the K Series Red Telephone Box spread throughout the United Kingdom for almost 60 years, from 1926 to 1985, when it was replaced by a new model. Despite the fact that it has not been in production for thirty years, according to one survey the Red Telephone Box is the most iconic item of British culture.