ID5 Catalogue on Deferment of Publication of Industrial Designs

The ID5 Partners have published a comprehensive catalogue to compare their laws and practices as regards the deferment of publication. The catalogue (with summary chart) sets out the rules on when the deferment request should be submitted, for how long it is granted, whether the request can be made for multiple designs or at a later stage, and whether it is possible to ask for early publication.  The document also explains the related notifications sent by the offices, and the effects of the deferment (published information, limitations, precautionary measures and liability of the Offices). Finally, detailed information is given on the effect of deferment on novelty examination, and the deferment practices in relation to international applications.