What is an international design application?

Designs are only protected in the countries where they are registered. Design owners need to register their designs in countries where they want to protect their designs. There are 5 different systems for design registration abroad. With systems enabling simultaneous application in many countries paper works significantly reduce by applying in one language and advantages of time and especially cost is created.

As ANADOLU PATENT, we provide the protection of your designs by the registration service in the countries that you have established abroad, registered or not registered in the country, especially in the countries where you carry on EXPORT activities.

Benefits of registration?

  • Your designs will become official with the Design Registration Certificate.
  • Protect your business and your products against unregistered designs and imitations.
  • It prevents illegal profit making attempts as a result of unauthorized design utilization and enables application of sanctions.
  • It enables to take advantage of state grants and supports.
  • Eliminates risk toward our competitors in your business life.
  • Prevents possible dispute risks during export.
  • Increases your brand’s value and your enterprise’s competitive power.

It is a system in which 66 countries including Turkey are members. With a single application you can choose as many countries as you want. Applications are filed directly to the World Industrial Property Rights Organization (WIPO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

there is no local application or registration dependency for intl. design application through WIPO.

Due to the fact that transactions are carried out by a single institution, it is more advantageous than the national applications to be filed directly due to the simplicity of the transactions, the cost and the low number of paper works.

Member states:

USA (US), Germany (DE), Antigua and Barbuda (AG), Albania (AL), European Union (EM), Azerbaijan (AZ), Bosnia-Herzegovina (BA), Botswana (BW), Brunei Darussalam (BN), Bulgaria (BG), Denmark (DK), Armenia (AM), Estonia (EE), Finland (FI), France (FR), Ghana (GH), Republic of Korea (KR), Georgia (GE), Croatia (HR), Spain (ES), Switzerland (CH), Iceland (IS), Japan (JP), Cambodia (KH), Montenegro (ME), Kyrgyzstan (KG), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (KP), Latvia (LV), Lichtenstein (LI), Lithuania (LT), Hungary (HU), Macedonia (MK), Egypt (EG), Mongolia (MN), Moldova (MD), Monaco (MC), Namibia (NA), Norway (NO), OAPI (OA), Poland (PL), Romania (RO), Rwanda (RW), Sao Tome and Principe (ST), Serbia (RS), Singapore (SG), Slovenia (SI), Syria (SY), Tajikistan (TJ), Tunisia (TN), Turkey (TR), Turkmenistan (TM), Ukraine (UA), Oman Sultanate (OM)


It is a system that provides protection by a single application, which is valid in all 28 member states of the European Union (EU). With the addition of new member states, registration will expand automatically. Applications are filed directly to the European Union Office of Industrial Property Rights (EUIPO), headquartered in Alicante, Spain. Registration certificate covers all EU member states.

Member states:

Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Bulgaria (BG), Cyprus (CY), Denmark (DK), Spain (ES), Estonia (EE), Finland (FI), France (FR), Germany (DE), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Luxembourg (LU), Malta (MT), The Netherlands (NL), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Czech Republic (CZ), Romania (RO), United Kingdom (GB), Slovakia (SK), Slovenia (SI), Sweden (SE), Croatia (HR)


African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) headquartered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is a system valid in French-speaking African countries. Protection is provided in all member states with a single application. Country selection is not possible, and a possible rejection affects all countries.

Member states:

Benin (BJ), Burkina Faso (BF), Chad (TD), Equatorial Guinea (GQ), Ivory Coast (CI), Gabon (GA), Guinea (GN), Guinea-Bissau (GW), Cameroon (CM), Comoros (KM), Congo (CG), Mali (ML), Mauritania (MR), Niger (NE), Central African Republic (CF), Senegal (SN), Togo (TG)


The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe, is a system valid in English-speaking African countries. Protection is provided in all member states with a single application. Country selection is possible, and a possible rejection affects all countries.

Member states:

Botswana (BW), Gambia (GM), Ghana (GH), Kenya (KE), Lesotho (LS), Liberia (LR), Malawi (MW), Mozambique (MZ), Namibia (NA), Rwanda (RW), Sierra Leone (SL), Sao Tome and Principe (ST), Somali (SO), Sudan (SD), Swaziland (SZ), Tanzania (TZ), Uganda (UG), Zambia (ZM), Zimbabwe (ZW)


A direct national application is a form of application that can be file in countries not included in any international or regional system. It is preferred when the application is considered in a few countries, or when the applicant country is not included in any system.

Protection can only be achieved through registration.

Design preliminary search is difficult, but it is possible to carry out search through the design class, key words of the design, applicant information. The results are the source for the design registration process.

It is advisable to conduct a similarity search through data sources in the countries considered for application to minimize the risks before the application is made. The results will help the applicant to decide which system to use and the road map will be prepared according to the results.

Always keep in mind to realize registration procedures in order to avoid problems during sales and after sales in your target markets where you have realized export of your products.

Documents* required by Anadolu Patent to file an international design application:

  • Applicant(s)’s name(s) and address(es),
  • Designer(s)’s name(s) and address(es),
  • Description of the design(s),
  • Images (drawings or photos) of the designs,
  • Home certificates or registration number if available,
  • Power of Attorney
* The required documents may vary according to the jurisdiction. The list of documents will become clear when we receive the information of the requesting countries.

In the Official Design Bulletin of the designs applied for registration, the rights holder has the right to appeal within the period of official time interval, claiming the right of ownership. Design application can be rejected by assessing objections made by the local office’s experts.

The most important point in the appeal process is the appeal petitions prepared by combining the acquired experience and legal resources together with the evidence documents proving the rights of ownership.

Designs registrations are protected for 5 years* from the date of application. This period can be extended to a total of 25 years* to be renewed in 5-year* periods.

*Protection time may vary according to jurisdictions.

In order not to face a problem with respect to the protection of your design rights, registration of design owner’s title and address changes, design transfer, licensing, merger, division or inheritance changes in the title of the design and the transactions such as attachment and pledge must be registered before the related local offices for each jurisdiction.

Notarized contracts must be submitted for transfer and licensing transactions.

In design applications, Locarno Classification System* is using that consists of 32 classes with international validity.

*Classification versions may vary according to jurisdictions.
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