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Designs and UK Law


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Released 20 June 2008

Designs can be protected in one of the following ways:

1. As patents- provided they are new, inventive and capable of industrial application.

2. As registered designs.

3. As Artistic copyright in design drawings.

4. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) introduced a new form of protection for the appearance of a purely functional product known as design right which, like copyright, does not require registration. Design right is valid for the lesser of ten years from the first marketing of articles made to the design or 15 years from the creation of the relevant design document, and is subject to licences of right in the last five years of the term.

5. The Community Design Regulations 2005 The Community Designs Regulation (6/2002/EC) (CDR) introduced the unregistered Community design which is similar to the UK design right

Michael Coyle is a solicitor advocate who specialises in information technology law and intellectual property law.

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-07-13 15:23:42 in Legal Articles

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