A product’s appearance plays a strategic role for its creator. Between two products of similar quality, consumers often choose the more attractive one.
This is why many companies or creators choose to protect the exterior aspect of their products by registering them as designs or models.
Design rights provide rights holders with exclusive rights over this exterior aspect.
The protection of a design or model in Belgium may be obtained through a Benelux design right (covering the territory of the three Benelux countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), from the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP).
This protection is organised by the Benelux Convention of 25 February 2005 on intellectual property
What are the legal options in case design rights are not respected?