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Today, the design of a product plays a considerable role in the buying decision. It provides impetus and sparks emotions. Since functional differences between products have become fewer and life cycles shorter, the visual appearance of a product is often the only perceivable distinctive feature to the customers. With attractive colours, patterns and shapes of products, companies can appeal to the emotions of customers and create customer loyalty.

On these pages, we present design protection to you, from search to registration. We provide you with an overview of the importance of design protection and the possibilities which it offers. Browse through our site to learn more about the requirements for protection for a registered design. Read why you should perform a search before filing an application. We also explain to you what you need for the application, how you can actually file an application and how the procedure is carried out by our office. And if you also think about seeking protection for your design abroad, we will show you what to do. Furthermore, we give you answers to frequently asked questions about designs.

From the world of design: On International Children's Day

Mann, Kinder, Seifenblasen

We celebrate World Children's Day on June 1 - and because children are so important, we will celebrate it again on September 20. Whether big or small - everyone loves to play with beautiful things from the DPMAregister.


It's not just children's hearts that will be lifted - toys to cuddle, touch, look at, build, try out...

Plush toy
Design-Number 40 2021 000 033-0002; Plush toy; 21-01
Building block
Design-Number 40 2022 100 005-0034; Building blocks [Construction toys]; 21-01
Wooden pyramid
Design-Number 40 2024200 212-0003; Mechanical toys; Puzzles; Games [including educational games]; 21-01
Toy excavator
Design-Number 40 2023 202 497-0003; Vehicles [Toys]; 21-01
VW Bulli electric model
Design-Number 40 2022 100 243-0003; Vehicles [Toys]; Scaled-down models; 21-01
Gripping toy, ball
Design-Number 40 2021 203 235-0002; Grasping toys [grasping toys for babies]; Mechanical toys; Building blocks [construction toys]; Toys; Balls [toys]; 21-01; 21-02
Board game
Design-Number 40 2023 000 040-0001; Brettspiele; 21-01
Cuddly cushion
Design-Nummer 40 2024 200 269-0004; Cushion; Plush toy; Toy; 06-09; 21-01

Even more design worlds

Here you can find our previous themes.

Picture:, Bild 2: Merton; weitere Bilder: DPMA aus DPMAregister

Last updated: 31 May 2024