Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds


No protection for

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

  • Ways of producing (e.g., ways of making clothes)
  • Practical uses (e.g., flow charts)
  • Technical functions

Such things could possibly be protected by a patent.