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