A Registered Community Design (RDC) is valid in all EU Member States. “ (EUIPO)
In 2003 the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (then ОНІМ) introduced the RCD as a concept exceeding the notion of a mere intellectual property right. Since its outset RCDs have crossed the boundaries between production ready ideas and business assets.
To-date almost one million RCD registrations have been made to the EUIPO.
To commemorate this cornerstone, EUIPO has launched the Design Europa Awards, giving an opportunity to RCD holders to apply by 15 July 2016.
This awards aims to distinguish designers, who have brought outstanding designs protected by RCD.
The applicants will enjoy a free application, and prizes will be awarded in three categories:
- Industry Award
- Small and Emerging Companies Award
- The Lifetime Achievement Award
The criteria applied by the Jury will be based on the:
1. Aesthetic value and visual appeal of the design
2. The design’s impact on the market and
3. The marketing and management of the design’s intellectual property rights.
The Jury panel comprises of leading experts in design, business and intellectual property rights.
The finalists will be shortlisted on October 15, 2016 through EUIPO's website.
The ceremony announcing the winners will take place on November 30, 2016 in Milan, Italy.
The Design Europa Awards are being conducted with the main partnership of the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office (UIBM) and the support of various industry organizations, such as International Trademark Association (INTA), MARQUES, The International Chamber of Commerce, The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), etc.
For more information about the application process, please consult this link.