Design law

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Basic data
Title: Law on the Legal Protection of Design
Short title: Design law
Previous title: Law on the legal protection of designs
Abbreviation: DesignG
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Intellectual Property
References : 442-5
Original version from: January 11, 1876
( RGBl. P. 11)
Entry into force on: April 1, 1876
New announcement from: February 24, 2014
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 122 )
Last revision from: March 12, 2004
( BGBl. I p. 390 )
Entry into force of the
new version on:
June 1, 2004
Last change by: Art. 15 G of July 17, 2017
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 2541, 2545 )
Effective date of the
last change:
May 25, 2018
(Art. 31 G of July 17, 2017)
GESTA : G042
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The law on the legal protection of design , short design law (former Design Act ), a German rule which designs defined nationwide conceptually and concretely protect. The current version, in which the name of the protected property was changed from registered design to registered design, dates from October 19, 2013. Previously, in March 2004, a new version of the Design Law based on Directive 98/71 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 13, 1998 on the legal protection of designs (OJ EC No. L 289 p. 28) the old design law from 1876 and the character law from 1981 were replaced.

The Design Act is supplemented by the Design Ordinance (DesignV) of January 2, 2014 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 18 ), previously the Design Ordinance .

With the new version of 2014, the Council Regulation (EC) No. 6/2002 of December 12, 2001 on Community Designs (GGV) of March 6, 2002 was included in German law. It enables the registration of the Community design .

See also

Web links


  • Helmut Eichmann, Roland Vogel von Falckenstein, Marcus Kühne: Designgesetz , 5th edition, Munich 2015, Verlag CH Beck, ISBN 978-3-406-65795-5 .
  • Philipp H. Günther, Thorsten Beyerlein: DesignG. Design Act , 3rd edition, 2015, Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft, dfv-Mediengruppe, Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-8005-1605-6 .
  • Thomas Haug, Stefan C. Schicker: Basic features of the design law. NJW 2014, 726.