Online protection service
Just log on to OAMI and go for it. If you can’t patent your invention you can at least try to protect its design. Make sure to have proper images of your design. From OAMI the design officially will be yours in all of Europe.
Another great thing is that you can wait registering 12 months from when first released. Sometimes you want to see if your cool design has any value by trying to sell or demonstrate it publicly. It is the “other party” that has to prove that your design registration isn’t valid.
The other day I got advised by three attorneys to “never” patent designed things. They claimed design protection is much better. Still, as stated earlier, the protection is not stronger than the size of your wallet.