How long does design protection last?


The registered design protection lasts for twenty five years and is renewable by periods of 5 years from the filing date, in the majority of European countries. The maximum protection period for the European Community Design is 25 years.

In US the design protection lasts for 14 years. No renewal fees must be paid in US. So, once registered the design is valid in US for 14 years (unless it is invalidated).

The design is valid in China for a maximum of 20 years. The renewal fees must be paid every year. Currently, Chinese patent office does not accept payments from other countries. So if you want to pay for the design registration or renewal, it is advisable to use the services of the patent attorney.

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