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Prorogation of French designs

Since the order of the 25 July, 2001, a French design is protected during a period of 5 years from its filing date.

This protection is renewable by successive periods of 5 years until a maximum period of 25 years.

At the time of the filing of the registration application, it is possible to ask the first 5 years extension. In such case, the design is protected for a first 10 years period, renewable by successive periods of 5 years.

The extension of a design must be requested within a period of 6 months expiring the first day of the month during which the protection of the design comes to end. So, if a design was filed the 5th January, 2006, it is possible to ask its extension from the 5th July, 2010 and until the 31st January, 2011.

In case of extension defect of the design within the time limit, the extension can still be requested by paying a fine, within an additional period of 6 months beginning the 1st day of the month following the expiration of the design. Thus, if the extension of the design filed the 5th January, 2006 has not been requested, it is possible to do it until the 1st August, 2011.