Not protected are designs which
- Are purely functional (e.g. the threads on a screw)
- Offend public morality or order
- Go against the law (e.g. the Federal Law on Protection of Coats of Arms)
The design act does not cover
- Production methods (e.g. ways of making clothes)
- Practical uses (e.g. flow charts)
- Technical functions
These could possibly be protected by a patent.
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