Date : 6/11/2020 – Source : Commission Européenne – Lien
In 2020, the Commission concluded an evaluation of EU legislation on design protection. The results presented in the evaluation report show that EU legislation on designs works well overall and that it is still broadly fit for purpose. However, the evaluation revealed a number of shortcomings that need to be addressed to make the legal framework fit to support the digital and green transition of EU industry, and to become substantially more accessible and efficient for industries, SMEs and individual designers. These shortcomings include in particular a lack of clarity and robustness of certain key elements of design protection (subject matter, scope of rights and limitations), outdated or overly complicated procedures, inappropriate fee levels and fee structure, lack of coherence of the procedural rules and an incomplete single market for spare parts. […]
The executive summary of the Evaluation is also available in French.