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date: 08 July 2020

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This chapter surveys the legal protection of industrial designs, understood as the protection of the appearance of articles of manufacture. It discusses the definition of “design” according to both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US). It examines the international instruments that form the foundation of industrial design law, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Paris Convention, and the Berne Convention, among others. It then focuses on the various areas of intellectual property (IP) law that make up design law, including sui generis design protection law, patent law, copyright law, and trademark law among others, with particular attention on these aspects of design law as they feature in the US and the EU.

Keywords: Design, patent, copyright, trademark, TRIPS, functionality

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