Intellectual Property: Registered Designs

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Intellectual Property: Registered Designs

What are registered designs?

Registered designs protect the appearance of an object in the geographical region in which you register it. The visual appearance of an object can include colour, shape, pattern, texture, material, etc. Registered designs can include clothes, puzzles, furniture and medical equipment.
There are three ways of protecting a design in the UK under the Registered Designs Act 1949 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988:
  • Unregistered design right: automatic
  • Design registration
  • Copyright
To be registered a design needs to be new and have individual character. To search if your design is new you can contact:

Protection usually last for five years with the option of renewing every five years up to a maximum of 25 years. ​​​

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