A design or model is defined as the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation.
The term product means any industrial or hand-crafted object, including among others components to be assembled to form a complex product, packages, presentations, graphic symbols and typographical characters, but excluding computer programs.
Any design or model that is new and has individual character may constitute an object to be registered as a European Design or Model.
A design or model is new if no identical design or model has been disclosed to the public before the date of filing the registration application of the design or model to be protected or, if a priority is claimed, before the date of the priority. Designs and models are deemed identical when their characteristics differ only in irrelevant details.
A design or model has individual character if the general impression it engenders in informed users (usually, consumers) differs significantly from the general impression engendered in those users by any other product disclosed to the public before the date of filing the registration application or, if a priority is claimed, before the date of the priority.