A design is a protective right granted for colors and designs of articles. What is specifically regarded as a design from a legal point of view depends on the design law in the country, in which design protection is sought. In order to obtain extensive design protection, different filing strategies can be pursued, for instance the filing of a German design with subsequent filings in further countries, the filing of a European application as a community design in order to cover several European countries right from the outset, or the filing of a foreign application.

Against the background that the national protection requirements vary from country to country, it is recommendable to elaborate a suitable design strategy prior to the filing of the application in consideration of the costs to be expected.