The European Union Intellectual Property Office is calling for entries for its 2018 DesignEuropa Awards. The competition is open to any person, entity or institution of any nationality, either individually or as a team, provided that they own a valid Registered Community Design (RCD) that is also marketed and sold (in any country).
The RCD is a unitary intellectual property right administered by EUIPO and valid throughout the EU-28, chosen by thousands of companies and individuals to protect their vital business assets across the Union. All designs submitted must be valid RCDs at the time of sending the application, with no pending invalidity proceedings. Finalist designs must retain their validity throughout the selection and award period.
The competition has three categories: 'The Industry Award' for RCDs owned by companies which have more than 50 employees and over €10 million in turnover/€10 million balance sheet total; 'The Small and Emerging Companies Award' for RCDs owned by companies which have fewer than 50 employees and less than €10 million turnover/€10 million balance sheet total or for companies established after January 1 2014, regardless of their size; and 'The Lifetime Achievement Award' for individual designers with a significant body of work of aesthetic value, created over the course of a career, which has also had a demonstrable impact on the marketplace.
The deadline for applications is May 15, 2018.
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