Study of prior art before creating a new design

The main requirements for a design are novelty and individual character.

To comply with these requirements, it is therefore necessary to have a good knowledge of the state of the art in the field of interest, even if the knowledge will not be complete. Indeed, a prior design can also be filed but not published, or even not filed but protected by the copyright or as an unregistered designs, for example within the European Community.

Competitive watches

Thanks to the competitive watch, French and Community designs filed in a specific field or by specific applicants can be received on a regular basis.

The watch is also very useful to follow the activity of a specific competitor.