About Designs Department
The Designs Department at the Israel Patent Office is responsible for handling applications for registration of designs. A registered design is an intellectual property right that grants its holder protection for his Design if it is novel and has an individual character. This right grants its proprietor exclusivity in Israel over the use of the design.
The Designs Law, 5777 – 2017 (hereinafter: "the Law"), which came into force on August 7th 2018, provides that a design can be registered in respect of the appearance of a product or part of a product, if it is novel and has individual character, and if it does not adversely affect public policy.
A design cannot be registered for the appearance of a product or part of a product dictated solely by its function, since the protection of the product's functionality is granted under patent law.
The duration of protection of a registered design is up to 25 years from the filing date of the application, subject to the payment of renewal fees.