Legal Texts Relevant to Industrial Designs


Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
January 10, 2011January 10, 2011 - Law implementing the Treaty on the Law of Patents and the Act revising the Convention on the Grant of European Patents, and amending Various Provisions relating to Patents
July 15, 1985July 15, 1985 - Law amending the Law of May 24, 1854 on Patents for Invention and the Law of December 30, 1925 amending the Law in Respect of Patents for Invention, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Industrial Property in General.
March 28, 1984March 28, 1984 - Patent Law (updated on December 22, 2008)

IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
February 28, 2013Code of Economic Law (consolidated version of 2016)

IP Laws: issued by the Executive

Date of TextTitle
August 31, 1994July 13, 1994 - Decree on Colleges in the Flemish Community (updated December 30, 2011)
July 4, 1991June 12, 1991 - Decree on Universities in the Flemish Community (updated December 23, 2011)

Implementing Rules/Regulations

Date of TextTitle
January 29, 1935Royal Decree No. 91 of January 29, 1935 regulating Measures on the Protection of Industrial Designs (as amended 1974)
December 10, 1884Royal Decree of December 10, 1884 setting forth the Formalities to be Fulfilled when Filing Industrial Designs

Treaty Approvals

Date of TextTitle
March 22, 2006March 22, 2006 - Law approving the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (Trademarks and Designs), signed in The Hague on February 25, 2005
December 1, 1970Law approving the Benelux Designs Convention signed at Brussels on October 25, 1966, and its Annex (Uniform Law) (of December 1, 1970)