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What is a Registered Design

A registered design is a legal right which protects the overall visual appearance and features of a 2D and 3D product or a part of a product in the country or countries you register it.

A three-dimensional product such as an industrial or handicraft item.

A two-dimensional ornamentation e.g. a pattern intended for display upon a product or a stylised logo.

The term product can also refer to packaging, graphic symbols, typographic typefaces and parts assembled into a more complex products.

What does a Registered Design do​


It forms the basis of an infringement action against other parties, and will help stop others from creating designs which are similar to your own - within the geographical area that the design has been registered.

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The benefits of a Registered Design​

It is easier to sell or license.

It is easier to stop people from copying the design.

The registration of the design often acts as a deterrent.

It lasts for 25 years.

The onus is on any infringing party to prove they have not infringed the rights.

The design is on IPOs register.

For a Registered Design to be valid it must​

Be new - no identical (or similar) design has been published or publicly disclosed in the UK / European Economic Area (EEA). 

Have individual character. The appearance of the design (known as the overall impression) is different from the appearance of other already known designs.

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The exclusions for Registering Design are​

The design by legal definition is not a design.

It is offensive.

It consists of, or includes, certain protected flags and international emblems.

It is solely dictated by the product’s technical function.

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Duration of a Registered Design​


As long as renewal fees are paid every five years, a Registered Design generally has a life of 25 years.

Costs


To file a UK Registered Design will usually cost around £300.00 for one design + design drafting cost if required and to file a Community Design will usually cost around £600.00 for one design + design drafting cost if required.