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FAQ Entry #188

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This is a respond to a previously asked question about the A' Design Award and Competition. The full list of frequently asked questions can be accessed here.

#188: Is it safe for me to submit designs that I do not yet have patents on?
It is indeed always a good idea to have your best industrial designs patented, however this can be very costly especially if you want to have a world-wide global patent because you might need to register your patent in all the countries again and again. According to general patent laws, the works that are already published cannot be patented, with exception to USA, where there is a grace-period of six months. For this reasons, we communicate the winner’s results in advance, so that winners could apply for patents to their products earlier. From another perspective, no matter if your design is patented or not, you are the copyright owner, which means you should be the only person that could duplicate the work. Our final suggestion is that; if your design is easy to reproduce, we would suggest patenting it first beforehand joining any design competition.
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