Applications of designs must meet, according to Act No. 444/2002 (PDF, 188,3 kB) Coll. on Designs, formal and substantive requirements. Novelty and a specific character of a design belong among the basic requirements for the entry of a design into the Register and certification. Design shall mean the appearance of a whole product or its part resulting from the features, in particular, lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of a product itself or its ornamentation;

Validity of the registered design is five years from the date of filing the application of a design. This period may be extended by the owner of the registered design repeatedly four times for another five years, up to total term of protection 25 years from the date of filing an application.