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BloomIP. How to apply for a registered design
How to apply for a registered design
UK Registered Design process
UK Patent Office. Registered Design Application Process.

Applying for a registered design is a process of completing the IPOs official form and providing a single set of good quality representations of the design. 

Once the UK IPO receives the application they will respond by issuing an application number and the ‘filing date’ of the application.


An examiner checks the application to ensure it meets the legal requirements for design registration. This normally is done within one month of receiving the application.


The design is then placed in the correct section of the IPOs database by classifying it according to the Locarno classification system.

  • Either be line drawings or photographs.

  • Should show only the design to be registered

  • Photographs should not show any background detail.

  • Show the design as it actually looks to the eye.

  • Be placed on plain A4 paper.

  • Not include any technical details such as dimensions.

  • Show all relevant views, e.g. front, back, both sides, top and bottom.

  • Not include any text except for view designations or disclaimers.

UK Patent Office. Registered Design Application Process. Certificate.

Send a certificate of registration and register the design in the United Kingdom Designs Register.

List the Registered Design on their on-line database and publish the registration details on their Electronic Designs Journal.

UK Patent Office. Registered Design Application Process. Rejection.

The IPO will send a letter explaining the results of the examination and allows at least 2 months to either : 


  • Try to persuade the examiner that the objections are not justified.

  • Overcome them in some other way.

If the objections are relatively straightforward, the Examiner will include ways of overcoming our objections within in the examination report.

Putting forward the reasons why the IPO should accept the design is done in writing or by telephoning the examiner.


You can also apply in writing to have a formal hearing with a Hearing Officer who is a senior official in the Designs Registry.


If the objections cannot overcome the application can either be withdraw or the IPO will respond by refusing the application.


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