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

  • Production methods (e.g. ways of making clothes)
  • Practical uses (e.g. flow charts)
  • Technical functions

These could possibly be protected by a patent.