Industrial design law, case VI SA/Wa 1339/10

December 6th, 2010, Tomasz Rychlicki

The Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw in its judgment of 3 October 2010 case file VI SA/Wa 1339/10 held that the “identicality” as understood in the definition of a novelty of an industrial design is not consistent with the meaning of the word “identical”, which means that the compared designs should be the same. Identical industrial design also means a design that differs only in unimportant differences. Thus it becomes necessary to identify the different elements and determine whether the observed differences are significant because only differences in the essential features will allow for the recognition of the novelty. In the three-dimensional designs, with the most specific form of the product and such a design was the issue of this case, the change to have an essential character may relate to each element of which is the essence of a particular three-dimensional form.


This judgment concerned the industrial design “Chleb” (in English: bread), Rp-6063. The judgment is not yet final. A cassation complaint may be filed to the Supreme Administrative Court. See also “Polish regulations on industrial designs” and “Polish case law on industrial designs“.