Community Designs

Community Designs

Registro de diseños comunitarios (UE)

Registered Community Design (RCD)

Register your Community Design in Europe

A Registered Community Design (RCD) confers simultaneous protection in the whole European Union when filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) placed in Alicante, Spain. The registration procedure for designs and models is ruled by the Community Design Regulation (EC) 6/2002. The whole process can take less than one month until it is registered and published. Community designs are registered on a first-to-file basis. The application and publication fees shall be paid at the time the Community design is filed. Registration is granted for a period of five years from the date of filing, renewable for subsequent periods of five years and up to a maximum of twenty five years. Once it has been granted, the owner is entitled to use it,to prevent use or exploitation of said design by unauthorized third parties and to obtain compensation if any other uses it without the owner’s consent, after the design has been granted and published.


European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)The Community design registration procedure is ruled by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), located in Alicante, Spain, which anciently and until March 23, 2016 was called the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).



E.U. Countries

The European member states which are protected simultaneously by the Registered Community Design system are:


(AT) Austria

(BE) Belgium

(BG) Bulgaria

(CY) Cyprus

(HR) Croatia

(CZ) Czech Republic

(DK) Denmark

(EE) Estonia

(FI) Finland

(FR) France

(DE) Germany

(GR) Greece

(HU) Hungary

(IE) Ireland

(IT) Italy

(LV) Latvia

(LT) Lithuania

(LU) Luxembourg

(MT) Malta

(NL) Netherlands

(PL) Poland

(PT) Portugal

(RO) Romania

(SK) Slovakia

(SI) Slovenia

(ES) Spain

(SE) Sweden

(GB) United Kingdom

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Main Points of Community Designs

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Community Design Registration Procedure and Time Taken

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International Designs Protecting the EU

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Information and Requirements to File a Community Design Application:

  • The full name and address of the applicant(s)-holder(s).
  • The nationality or country of establishment of the applicant(s)-holder(s).
  • VAT Number (NIF/NIE), only if the applicant is Spanish or established in a country of the EU.
  • Name and nationality of the designer(s).
  • Full details of the design and if appropriate, and a good representation of all the needed views of the design in JPG or similar.
  • Short description of the product(s) or design(s) to be registered.
  • The details of the application on which Convention Priority is to be claimed, if appropriate, within 6 months from first application date, along with the Certificate of Priority.
  • First disclosure of the product(s) or design(s) in a specific country of the European Union and place, if any.
  • Your instructions on how we should proceed and approval of the likely costs.
  • Your immediate payment by bank transfer from invoice issue.


Contact Us

via our contact form if you need advice or our fees on any design issues such as:

  • Registering your design in the EU or an International Design Registration designating the EU.
  • Seeking our Attorney’s representation and appointment in your design registration.
  • Opposing or declaring invalid a Community design registration applied for by others.
  • Defending your challenged Community design or International Design Registration designating Spain, from an opposition, a declaration of invalidity or an appeal.
  • Taking legal action against infringement of your registered or unregistered design right in Europe being used by another person or company.
  • Renewing your Community design for an additional five-year-period.
  • Licensing the use of your designs or selling them ensuring the recordal of assignment of the designs to others.



If this is the first filing of your design, it is convenient that you do not disclose the aesthetic characteristics to others until you have applied for design protection, this may mean, in some cases, that you might not be able to protect it, or your design may be declared invalid by anyone who proves this preceding disclosure (lack of novelty). However, you can safely discuss it with us, because as registered patent attorneys and lawyers, any information you disclose to us is legally privileged and confidential, using it strictly for the purpose or needed service we are instructed to handle in your name.