Design (Patent) Protection
General viewThe Design Act protects designs and models. Their protectability requires that the products are new and unique. If they fulfil these requirements they are protected against imitation. The protection can only be applicable if the design or the model has been registered at the German Patent- and Trademark Office; a fee has to be paid for the registration. The period of protection is five years and is renewable up to 20 years.
The infringer of the imitation right can be sued for injunction, and in the case of fault he can be sued for damages.