1. Which are the laws which regulate the national protection of designs by OSIM?

The rights over the designs are recognized and protected on the Romanian territory by their registration under the conditions of the following normative acts:

– Design Law No 129/1992 withe the amendments published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, No 242/04.IV.2014;
– G.D. No 211/2008 for the approval of the Implementing Regulations to the Design Law No 129/1992;
– Government Ordinance No 41/1998* on the fees in the industrial property protection field and the conditions for using the same, with the subsequent amndments and completions, with the amounts updated on 01.01.2021.


1. What can be filed to be registered as design?

Actually, any product on the market may be filed for registration as design: foodstuff, clothing and haberdashery, travel goods, boxes, umbrellas and personal items, brushes, woven textiles, synthetic or natural fiber materials , furniture, household articles, metal household articles and equipment, packaging and containers for the transport or storage and / or handling of goods, clocks and other measuring, control and signaling instruments, ornamental objects, means of transport and lifting, apparatuses for the production, distribution and transformation of electric energy, recording, telecommunication and information processing apparatus, photographic, cinematographic or optical articles, musical instruments, printing and office machines, stationery and office requisites, materials for artistic activities and teaching aids, equipment for sale and advertising, light signs, indicators , games, toys, tents and sport goods, weapons, pyrotechnic articles, articles for hunting, fishing or destroying pests, fluid distribution facilities, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations, solid fuels, medical equipment and laboratory, constructions and building elements, lighting fixtures, tobacco and smoking articles, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, toilet articles and instruments, fire prevention and rescue devices and equipment, animal care and maintenance articles , food and beverage preparation machines and apparatuses.


1. What am I supposed to do when applying for a design registration?

For constituting the regular filing, in accordance with the Design Law No 129/92, as republished in 2014, you will be required to file the follwing documents with OSIM, Document Receiving Bureau, Room 2, ground floor:

• the standard form - Cerere de înregistrare a desenului/modelului – D 01(Application for Design Registration) accompanied by the graphic representations of the designs the protection of which is sought;

the proof of payment of the filing fee.

For filling in the standard form, you have two possibilities:

A) online, by accessing "Online filing": Designs. In this case, before starting to fill in the form, you are supposed to pay the filing and publication fee, as in order to close the application and receive the filing number (application number) it is necessary to specify the number of the payment order  with which you paid said fees, scan it and add it to the file. Fees can be paid to the OSIM account (lei): RO05 TREZ 7032 0F33 5000 XXXX, Trezoreria Sector 3, Bucharest fiscal code: 4266081. Graphic representations of the design(s) must be in gif format.

B) by accessing the form in pdf format, either from the “Forms” section, or from. "Designs" section on the OSIM website; it must be filled in by printing or typing (not hand written), in Romanian, according to the guide on its last page, in 3 copies, so that one copy remains to the applicant, with the serial number assigned by the Registration Office. This form can be filed with OSIM directly at its headquarters, it can be sent by mail with acknowledgment of receipt or it can be filed by e-mail at 

In the form we need to fiind the following:
- a request for registration of the design;
- identification data of the applicant;
- the number of designs for which protection is sought;
- indication of the products in which the design is incorporated, if appropriate;
- description of the new elements, characteristic of the design for which the protection is requested, as they appear in the filed graphic representations;
- the names of the authors or a statement on the applicant’s responsibility that the authors have waived their right of being mentioned in the application and/or in the design publications;
- the signature of the applicant and, where applicable, the stamp of the company.

The graphic representations of the design, in 3 copies, need to be attached thereto, as well as the proof of payment of the filing and publication fees (copy of the fiscal invoice obtained from the OSIM cashier or copy of the payment order) in accordance with point 1 of the Annex no. 5 of G.O. No. 41/1998 on the fees in the industrial property protection field, as republished in 2006, with the amounts updated on 01.01.2021.

The application for registration may also contain, if appropriate, other elements that do not condition the date of the regular filing:

- identification data of the professional representative, if designated in the application for registration;
- power of attorney for representation before OSIM;
- priority documents, in case a registration or exhibition priority is claimed;
- request for deferment of publication, accompanied by the fee for this procedure;
- the statement indicating the information which, according to the applicant’s knowledge, allows to prove the fulfilment of the conditions to grant the protection for the design whose registration is claimed.


1. What are the legal fees to be paid for design protection?

The procedures in respect of the applications for registration of designs and the registration certificates are subject to fees, in the amounts and within the time limits provided by the law. The fees charged by OSIM for the protection of designs, according to G. O. 41/1998, on the fees in the industrial property protection field of and the conditions for using the same, as republished in 2006, with the subsequent amendments, with the updated amounts starting with 01.01.2021 are the following:

• The fee for filing the application for registration:
– for the first design: 148 lei;
– for each additional design: 49 lei.

• The fee for the publication of the design (paid within 5 days from constituting the regular filing):
– for each figure in standard space of 6/6 cm black and white: 99 lei;
– for each figure in standard space of 6/6 cm color: 495 lei;
– for the characteristic elements (every 30 words): 49 lei.

• The fee for examination of the application for registration (paid within one month of the publication of the design):
– for the first design: 247 lei;
– for each additional design: 49 lei.

• Fee for issuance of the registration certificate (paid within one month from the communication of the decision to admit registration):
– for 1 - 20 designs: 99 lei;
– for 21 - 50 designs: 148 lei;
– for 51 - 100 designs: 247 lei.

• The fee for the maintenance in force of the registration certificate, for each protection period of 5 years (paid in maximum one month from the communication of the admission decision for the first protection period of 5 years and until the beginning of the next 5 year period ):
– for 1 - 20 designs: 495 lei;
– for 21 - 50 designs: 618 lei;
– for 51 - 100 designs: 742 lei.


1. What is documentary search in the field of designs?

Documentary search in the field of designs is a service offered by OSIM regarding the previously registered designs and their holders. This service is offered subject to payment of a fee and it is conducting using the documentary sources existing in the Design Division. You need to file standard request form, addressed to OSIM, and to pay the due fee for this procedure. The search form can be obtained from the Public Relations Bureau or by accessing the section "OSIM Services in the field of Designs" on the OSIM website. The fees for documentary search are mentioned on the respective form.


1. Does registering a design with OSIM provide worldwide protection?

No! The protection offered by the registration of a design with OSIM only refers to the national territory, namely to Romania.

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