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FAQ Entry #340

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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.

#340: I have submitted my design. But I haven't got a patent yet. Is it safe (my design will not be stolen) if I submit my design? If there is a risk for me losing the patent of my design, I might think again before joining the competition?
At A’ Design Award there is a “Concealed Category” participation method, in concealed categories, your nomination is voted but later not shown to public if it is announced as a winner or runner-up and it is not printed in the book. This way you do not have the risk of losing the ability to patent your design due to publication of the project. In all other design competitions, however there is a risk of losing the right to patent your industrial design, since the winning entries (in some cases all entries) would get published, and in many jurisdictions and countries, a design should not have been published or printed before it could get patented. Participating in the “Concealed Category” also can be useful for protecting your design from “design thefts” since in this case no one would see your work, however, we should also remind that the main purpose why most people join design competitions is to get more publicity. So if you wish to reduce such risks, we advise to join our “Concealed Categories”.
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