Design vs. Copyrights: Understanding the Differences


Design and copyright are two distinct forms of intellectual property protection that play a crucial role in safeguarding creative works. However, understanding the differences between design and copyrights is essential to determine the most appropriate type of protection for your creations. In this article, we explore the contrasts between industrial design and copyright protection, shedding light on their respective scopes, requirements, and benefits. By gaining clarity on these distinctions, creators can effectively protect their works and navigate the intellectual property landscape with confidence.

Defining Industrial Design Protection: Focusing on Aesthetics and Functionality

Industrial design protection focuses on the visual and functional aspects of a product’s appearance. We delve into the core elements of industrial design, including shape, configuration, pattern, or ornamentation, and how it aims to safeguard the unique aesthetics and functionality of a design.

Copyright Protection: Safeguarding Original Expressions of Creativity

Copyright protection, on the other hand, extends to original works of authorship, including literary, artistic, and creative expressions. We explore the broad scope of copyright, covering diverse forms of creative works such as literature, music, paintings, sculptures, and architectural designs.

Subject Matter: Tangible vs. Intangible

One key distinction between industrial design and copyright lies in their subject matter. Industrial design primarily protects tangible, three-dimensional objects, while copyright safeguards intangible expressions of creativity found in various artistic and literary works.

Requirements and Formalities: Registration vs. Automatic Protection

Industrial design often requires registration with the appropriate intellectual property office, whereas copyright protection is generally automatic upon the creation of a qualifying work. We discuss the varying requirements and formalities associated with obtaining industrial design protection and copyright protection.

Duration of Protection: Timelines and Renewals

The duration of protection differs between industrial design and copyright. We outline the typical timelines for both forms of protection, including any renewal or maintenance requirements, helping creators understand how long their works will be safeguarded under each type of protection.

Scope of Rights: Specific vs. General Protection

Industrial design protection confers exclusive rights over the specific design features protected, preventing unauthorized use of those visual and functional aspects. In contrast, copyright provides broader rights, encompassing reproduction, distribution, public display, and creation of derivative works.

Overlapping Protection: When Both Design and Copyright Apply

There are instances where a creative work may qualify for both industrial design and copyright protection. We explore these scenarios, discussing the potential benefits and strategies for leveraging dual protection to maximize legal coverage and strengthen intellectual property rights.


Understanding the distinctions between industrial design and copyright is vital for creators seeking to protect their works effectively. By recognizing the specific focus, subject matter, requirements, duration, scope of rights, and potential overlaps between these forms of protection, creators can make informed decisions about the most appropriate type of intellectual property protection for their creative endeavors. Whether it’s the visual and functional aspects of a product or the broader expressions of artistic and literary works, choosing the right form of protection is crucial for preserving the uniqueness, value, and integrity of creative works in an ever-evolving landscape of intellectual property.

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Video, sound, pattern, colour or other type of trademark.

Trademark consisting of figurative and verbal elements.

Trademark consisting of only words or/and symbols.

Trademark protection in the USA.

Trademark protection in all member states of European Union.

Trademark protection in the territory of Slovak republic.

Design is considered to have individual character if the overall impression it produces on the informed user differs from the overall impression produced on such a user by any design that has been made available to the public before the date of filing of the application for registration. You can contact us for more information.

Your design will be published in the design registry right after formal examination.

Registration may not be possible in this case. Contact us to discuss more options.

The author of the design who will be cited as author in the official registry.

You have written statement from designer that he does not want to be cited as author of the design in official design registry.

Will be displayed in the official registry of designs.

Design protection in all member states of European Union.

Design protection in the territory of Slovak republic.

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