What is an Industrial Design?

Registration of an industrial design grants its owner the exclusive right to use the design and prohibits its use by third parties without the owner's consent. The design can refer to the appearance of a product part or the entire product and consist of features such as the lines, outlines, colours, shape, texture or materials used in the production of either the product itself or its ornamental detail. Design features may be two or three dimensional.

The protection conferred by registration of an industrial design lasts five years from the filing date of the application and is renewable by one or more successive five-year periods up to a maximum of twenty-five years from the initial date.

See Law 20/2003 of 7 July on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs and the corresponding implementation regulations established in Royal Decree 1937/2004 of 27 September (modified by RD 1431/2008).