Limitations in the Field of Designs

  • Natalia Kapyrina


Considering the weight given to exceptions and limitations in current intellectual property research, this paper endeavours to explore sui generis design rights from the standpoint of limitations to their scope of protection. This paper focuses on the current EU framework with insights from its travaux préparatoires, comparing it to several other legislations and international instruments. A primary assessment shows that these limitations have a reduced interference with the scope of protection, and stem from a copyright or patent approach to the hybrid subject matter of designs. This paper further explores situations where the interaction between the scope of design protection and its limitations to design rights triggers conflicts. It examines in particular the recent autonomous interpretation by the ECJ of the limitation authorising reproduction for the purpose of citation.


Design EU law Limitations Exceptions Scope of protection 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Associated researcher at ILITIPNational Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian FederationMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Doctoral candidate at CEIPIUniversity of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

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