The regional system for the protection of Community design or as it is known by the abbreviation “RCD (registered community design)” is a system by which the industrial design is protected at European union level. The design (the outlook of the device) gains protection on the territory of all 28 member states of European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland) and the policy of the EU is that all future member states recognize the already registered and existing Community Designs starting from the respective date of their acceptation to the EU.
The registration of a Community design is executed by one procedure, payment of one fee and usually takes about 7 days after paying the fee.
The Community Design applications do not go though substantial examination for relative grounds. The application is filed and if it meets the formal criteria the application is registered upon payment of registration fee.
Thus, the system for registration of Community designs is highly competitive in terms of fees, procedures and time compared to the alternative design protection country by country or in international order.
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