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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Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
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Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office