Article 1

Community design

  1. A design which complies with the conditions contained in this Regulation is hereinafter referred to as a ‘Community design’.
  2. A design shall be protected:
    (a) by an ‘unregistered Community design’, if made available to the public in the manner provided for in this Regulation;
    (b) by a ‘registered Community design’, if registered in the manner provided for in this Regulation.
  3. A Community design shall have a unitary character. It shall have equal effect throughout the Community. It shall not be registered, transferred or surrendered or be the subject of a decision declaring it invalid, nor shall its use be prohibited, save in respect of the whole Community. This principle and its implications shall apply unless otherwise provided in this Regulation.