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.
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