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The Importance of GUI/Icon Design Registration

Introduction: With the revision of the Design Law in 3, designs consisting only of images such as GUIs and icons are now protected by the Design Law. Since then, the number of applications for image designs (Japanese Design Classification N4_Image Design) including GUIs and icons has increased rapidly, and the proportion of annual applications by classification is now second only to "wrapping paper, packaging containers, etc. (F2)".

Explanation of specific cases in which design right infringement was contested

Specific cases where design right infringement was contested Design rights, like other intellectual property rights such as patents and trademarks, are powerful rights that allow you to exclusively exercise your own design. If another company is illegally using your registered design, you can exercise your design rights and request an injunction or damages. Conversely, if another company is using another company's registered design without permission,

Duration of design rights

The relationship between industrial property rights and their duration Industrial property rights laws (Patent Law, Utility Model Law, Design Law, Trademark Law) do not only aim to protect rights, but also to promote industrial development. For example, in the case of a patent right, a person who invents a new invention is given the right to monopolize the invention for a certain period of time, in exchange for disclosing the invention to the public and

What kind of right is a design right? We explain the subject matter and scope of design rights.

What is a design right? A design right is one type of intellectual property right. In addition to design rights, there are other intellectual property rights such as patent rights and trademark rights, but the objects protected by each are different. Patent rights protect technical ideas, while trademark rights protect product names and corporate logos. In contrast, design rights protect designs, i.e. industrial products.

Basic information on the design system 2

Basic information about the design system For those who are applying for a design for the first time, we will provide an easy-to-understand explanation of what a design is, the benefits of obtaining a design right (difference from a patent), and the requirements necessary for registration. *This article is a continuation of "Basic Information on the Design System 1." 4. Types of design applications The Design Act includes other intellectual property rights.

Basic information on the design system 1

Basic information on the design system For those who are new to design applications, we will explain in an easy-to-understand manner what a design is, the benefits of obtaining a design right (how it differs from a patent), and the requirements for registration. 1. What is a design? A design is the design (appearance) of the shape, pattern, color, or image of an article or building. In particular, for articles, designs include clothing, cars, desks, and umbrellas.

Things to be aware of when claiming priority in a design application. What is the priority system? How is it different from a patent?

What is priority? The priority system is a system in which, after filing an application for, for example, a design in one country, when filing applications in other countries, if certain conditions are met, the novelty and prior application are judged based on the filing date of the first application. Since designs lose their novelty through their own public disclosure, just like patents, priority is an important system.

Design Applications and Color

Design applications and color (2015) It is now possible to apply for a trademark based on color alone, but can designs also be applied for? The Trademark Act was amended in XNUMX, and "trademarks consisting of only color" are now also protected. A color trademark is a trademark that consists of only a single color or a combination of multiple colors without an outline.