Many countries permit design registrations for "page layout", graphics and icons. These design registrations prevent others from copying your graphics and general user interface (GUI).
A registered design prevents others from selling, marketing or using an App with a page layout / icon that is "substantially similar" to yours.
All the top software companies use design registrations to protect the "look and feel" of their Apps. In fact, they register their icons as both trademarks and design registrations.
Examples: Design registrations filed by Apple, Microsoft, Uber and Facebook:
Your Design Pending Number application will be filed with an official Designs Office in a country that is a signatory to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
Within a business day of filing, we will send you a Design Pending Number … guaranteed. This official Design Pending Number is effective in 177 countries (including the EU, US, Russia, China, India, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, …)
After getting a Design Pending Number, you are free to publish / market / sell your software / App.
In 6 months' time, you will need to file design registrations in countries where you wish to protect your screen layout / icon. This period can be extended to 12 months in the US, EU, Canada and Russia.
In the country your Design Pending Number was filed, we can assist you to prosecute your design application to grant. This could be your first registered design.
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