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Models and Designs is a specific form of protection dedicated to protecting the aesthetics of a product or a shape.
This Industrial Property Right is valid for five years and can be renewed 4 times; it provides protection for the outside appearance of a product, which, depending on the hypothesis, may be, for example, a car-wing, a ring, a toy, a shoe, etc.
Design is protection for a creation in 2 dimensions
Model is protection for a creation in 3 dimensions (volume).
What is protected are the creation's lines, its contours, its colours, its shape, its texture or the materials used.

In France, legal conditions for obtaining a valid Model and Design require it to be new (i.e. there is no identical or similar product or model known on the date of registration).
Therefore, it is essential to ensure that creations are not disclosed, even though a form of tolerance exists for any disclosure made by the creator.
The second legal condition is the creation's specific character, i.e. its « distinctive » appearance compared with what is already known. This condition is relatively subjective.

Model and Design is also a national right, it may be French, community, international or registered in a specific country depending on where commercialisation takes place.

A strategy is also necessary in this case, as the conditions for obtaining this right are not the same in different countries, and France is a special case because the same creation can be protected by Copyright and/or by Design rights.

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