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COMPETENCE 
O.H.I.M. (Office for Harmonization of Internal Market) is the European Union agency located in Alicante (SPAIN) responsible for registering trademarks and designs. 
TERRITORY 
The exclusive rights deriving from RCD (Registered Community Design) have effect in the territory of the 28 states of the European Communities. If it will be confirmed the practice followed in the past, in case of new entry in the European Communities, the  RCD will automatically extend its effects in the new  territories (e.g. Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Turkey, etc..). 
DURATION/RENEWAL 
5 years as from the date of the filing of the application. The right holder may have the term of protection renewed for one or more periods of five years each, up to a total term of 25 years from the date of filing. It is possible to file a renewal application from six months before the expiration date to six months after such date. In this case a proper fee is due. 
RIGHTS 
RCD shall confer on its holder the exclusive right to use it and to prevent any third party not having his consent from using it. The aforementioned use shall cover, in  particular,  the making,  offering,  putting  on  the  market,  importing,  exporting  or  using of  a product in which the design is incorporated or to which it is applied, or stocking such a product for those purposes. 
EXAMINATION 
The Office carries out an examination verifying formal requirements of the Community Design application and other relevant substantial requirements. No examination for the novelty and individual character is provided. 
PUBLICATION 
After the examination, the Community Design application is published in the Bulletin of the Community Design. The  applicant  may  request that the publication be deferred for a period of 30 months from the date of filing the application or, if a priority is claimed, from the date of priority. A proper official fee is provided. 
REGISTRATION  
The time required to obtain the registration depend on O.H.I.M. backlog, the average time is 1-2 months. 
INVALIDITY 
RCD registration  shall  be  declared invalid  on application to the Office or on the basis of a counterclaim in infringement proceedings where  the  RDC has  been  registered contrary to the provisions of Article 25 of COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 6/2002 of 12.12.01. 
NOTICE 
To inform the public and the competitors, it is recommended to use wording "Community Design filed" with the application number on the goods/packaging/advertising, and "Registered Community Design" with the registration number when the design is registered. 
LEGAL ACTION 
Italian I.P. Code consents to start a legal action (ordinary proceedings and/or summary proceedings to obtain description, seizure or summary injunctions) on the base of a design application (Italian or Community Design application). 
RECORDAL 
Any change regarding the name and place of business of the owner, assignments, licenses and any action related to trademark rights has to be entered into Community Designs register. The registration of the assignment is necessary to enforce the exclusive  rights deriving from RCD. 
PRIORITY 
The European Community is part of the Paris convention, and therefore it is possible to claim the priority date of one or more foreign applications filed not earlier than 6 months before the filing date. To claim the priority deriving from a foreign design application, it is not request a certified copy of such earlier application, but a simple copy of it. If the earlier foreign design application is available to the public in a design office database no documents has to be provided. 
DOCUMENTS FOR FILING

Applicant’s data (Name, address, nationality);

Definition of goods;

Drawings (jpeg file);

Priority document (if claimed);

Power of Attorney is not reqeusted.