Industrial Design Overview

Today, global business organizations have realized the importance of protecting their market by protecting the uniqueness of the "design" of their products. This design helps the consumer to relate a particular product to a particular brand of business,thus creating a monopoly in the market.

Generally, industrial design laws provide a protection period of (10) ten years to an industrial design. In contrast to patents, protecting an industrial design does not require the proof of an "Inventive Step" (non-obviousness).

All that are required to protect an industrial design are "Uniqueness" and "Novelty".

The Locarno Classification is an international classification used for the purposes of the registration of industrial designs. It was set up by an agreement concluded at a diplomatic conference held in Locarno in 1968: the Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs.The Locarno Classification comprises a list of classes and subclasses with explanatory notes and an alphabetical list of goods in which industrial designs are incorporated, with an indication of the classes and subclasses into which they fall. Presently, there are 52 contracting states to the Locarno Agreement.

Paris Convention : According to Article 4 (c) of the Paris Convention, filing an industrial design application under the Paris Convention provides six months period to the applicant to claim priority from the original industrial design application in any of the member states of the Paris Convention.

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Saudi Arabia: Subject to presenting a valid excuse, the Saudi patent office (SPO) has approved an extension of time for claiming priority in entering the national phase for the PCT applications. The Applications will be afforded the opportunity to file their late applications claiming their earliest priority. It's worth mentioning that the applicant must mention the reasons that made him unable to file his application within the thirty (30) month deadline.

June 12, 2018

AIP&T: Atty. Mohammad Al-otaishan LLM, managing partner of AIP&T was rated as No. 1 Individual IP Lawyer in Saudi Arabia as per statistic made by WTR 2018 ( The statistic is based on market feedback.

June 6, 2018

Kuwait: As of 27th of February 2018, the Kuwaiti patent office has started accepting PCT examination.

February 27, 2018

Egypt: AIP&T’s branch in Cairo, Egypt has opened in 2018 with a full operation of more than 12 professionals.

February 16, 2018