European Union Design Law: A Practitioner's Guide (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198719298

David Stone
720 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
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Over ten years after the beginning of the Community Registered Designs system of the European Union (EU), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and European courts continue to grapple with many of the new legal concepts introduced, making this a complex and fluctuating area of law. This new edition of the highly-respected English-language text offers a concise, accessible and highly readable volume covering the complete design law of the European Union. It offers a concise history of the legislation's development and aims, tracing the introduction of fundamental changes to the protection of industrial and ornamental designs throughout the EU. This is followed by a detailed and comprehensive examination of the interpretations provided by OHIM, the Court of Justice and General Court, and the Community Design Courts of EU Member States. The book quotes primary legal provisions in context, supported by extensive citation of case law from the Court of Justice, OHIM and many European jurisdictions. Chapters cover topics including the definition of terms, the system of courts and tribunals with jurisdiction for Community design disputes, overlap with other intellectual property rights, exclusions from protection, the right to the Community design, interpreting designs, disclosure, invalidity of prior design and novelty arguments, the procedure of OHIM, infringement and applicable defences, jurisdictional issues, and the Design Directive. European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide is an essential reference text for practitioners throughout the European Union and beyond.


1. Historical Introduction

2. Aims of the EU-Wide Legislation

3. The System of Courts and Tribunals with Jurisdiction for Community Design Disputes

4. Definitions

5. Cumulative Effect with Other Property Rights

6. Exclusions From Protection

7. Unitary Character of EU-Wide Design Rights and Territorial Effect

8. Right to the Community Design

9. Prior Designs

10. Novelty

11. Individual Character

12. Grounds For Invalidity

13. OHIM

14. RCDs

15. International Registrations

16. Invalidity Proceedings Before OHIM

17. Unregistered Community Designs

18. Infringement

19. Defences to Infringement

20. Remedies

21. Jurisdiction

22. Two Case Studies

23. The Design Directive

About the author: 

David Stone is a Partner at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in intellectual property matters, with particular expertise in trade marks, copyright and registered and unregistered designs.

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