Starting from January 1, 2003 applications for Community designs and models can be filed, with juridical validity in all the countries of the E.U..
The aforementioned community procedure allows for protection of multiple designs and models in a single application, provided that all designs or models belong to the same classification class established in the Locarno Convention.
The prior disclosure of the design or model by the inventor does not prevent him from filing a community application and obtain the relevant allowance provided that the prior disclosure has taken place during the 12 months before the filing date of the Community application.
The registered Community models or designs are granted a 5-year protection term from the filing date of the application. The protection, however, can be extended upon the owner’s request, for one or more 5-year periods, up to a maximum of 25 years from the registration date.