Why protect design?

Registered design rights are property rights that can be valuable. Rights of design can be transferred or others may be granted permission to use the design (licence). Registering a design means that the owner is better protected in the event of a dispute, e.g. to demand a court injunction.

If the intention is to market a product with a unique design overseas, it is a good idea to have the design registered in this country. Moreover, this means that it is possible to take advantage of rules on priority as these allow the submission of applications in other countries within 6 months of the application date in Iceland. The design then enjoys protection in the country in question from the date of the application in Iceland