Registered design protection in the UK
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14 may 2009
It is important to protect the design of
your product if it if is
unique and different to anything else on the market. You can do this by
registering it as a design with the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Registering your design gives you
exclusive rights for the look and
appearance of your product. The existence of your design registration
may be enough on its own to stop anyone copying your design
irrespective of whether they copied or came up with the design
A registered design allows you to sell
your design and the intellectual
property rights to it (assignment) or license your design to someone
else and retain the IP rights to it.
Once registered, your design will be
published and available for the
public to view. By doing this, society as a whole can benefit from
being able to see the latest developments in designs and technology.
Once the design registration expires, the designs will be able to be
If you do not apply for a registered
design, your creations may receive
limited protection through unregistered design right or copyright. One
big difference in having a registered and unregistered design is that
by having only an unregistered design, you will not be able to stop
anyone from producing identical or similar products by independent
Design right law in the UK is covered by
the (1) Copyright, Designs
& Patents Act 1988, (2) The Design Right (Proceedings before
Comptroller) Rules 1989 and (3) The Design Right (Proceedings before
Comptroller) Rules 1992.
For more information about protecting your
design in the UK, please contact this office.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-05-19 15:50:16 in Legal Articles