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The International Design Registration: Maintaining National Personality and Acquiring It All at Once

Vincenzo Melilli

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. 5, May/June 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

The general interest in industrial design protection has been exponentially growing over the years (see fig. 1). Designs, which—especially in Europe—are not strictly intended as patents, play a crucial role in the protection of the external appearance of products.

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