What is the difference between industrial design registration and patent registration (utility model)?

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Although industrial design and patent (utility model) are compared to each other and interpreted visually, they are actually two different concepts. Industrial design, as the name suggests, is all about vision. The design is independent of the product’s operating system, function and brand. When registering an industrial design, only visual protection is provided to the product or object.

Industrial design registration and patent (utility model) registration, which have differences such as the period of protection, the duration of the registration process and the cost of registration, are registration issues that should not be confused. When registering a design, only visible features (of the product or object) are registered. In a patent (utility model), the functional aspect of a product or business idea and the benefits and amenities it adds to our lives are recorded.

During the design registration application stage, an image and description of the product are prepared in accordance with the conditions and an application for registration is submitted. It is expected that the period for reviewing the form and objection to the bulletin will go smoothly. If no problems arise, the application is registered for 5 years and the design is protected. At the end of every 5 years, the design registration can be optionally renewed by paying the renewal fee. An industrial design registration protects your design for up to 25 years in total, and after 25 years, the product becomes publicly known and is no longer binding on you. If your designs are registered during this period, they are yours.

In patenting an invention (utility model), the functional features of the product are at the forefront. The product’s working system, technical innovation or amenities are protected. A descriptive message explaining the scope of use of the product, its difference from other products on the market, and its advantages is added to the application file. With a technical drawing, the parts of the product are photographed and numbered separately. The method of operation is described in a way that the relevant expert can understand it. It is very important that the patent specification (utility model) is prepared in such a way that it does not provide any information. A utility model that passes reviews and objections to publications without any problems is protected for ten years, and after ten years, the product in question becomes known to the public. A product can be subject to industrial design registration and patent registration (utility model) at the same time. You can contact Markalize Brand Name Center for detailed information and support.

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