Designs

A design registration protects the appearance of a product or part of a product.

Designs can include the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the product or its decoration. It could be the shape of the product, the decoration applied or both. It is the design itself which is protected by the registered design, not the product: so the packaging, containers and labels can also be protected.

It is also possible to file applications in respect of two dimensional ‘graphic symbols’. A logo might qualify as a graphic symbol, so if your brand incorporates a graphic element then registered designs can be a useful addition to the protection you get by registering your trade mark.

There are numerous ways of protecting the appearance of your designs and creations particularly if the product does not reach the technical threshold and/or originality threshold for a patent.

UK Unregistered Design Right

This right can protect the shape and configuration, internal or external, of whole or part of an article, with certain exceptions.

European Community Unregistered Design Right

This right can protect designs of shape, lines, contours, colours, texture, materials, ornamentation, which are new and have individual character, with certain exceptions.

UK Registered Design and European Community Registered Design

These rights can protect designs of shape, lines, contours, colours, texture, materials, ornamentation, which are new and have individual character, with certain exceptions. These rights do not require proof of copying, which can be very important in enforcement of the rights.

International Design Registration

An application for international design registration offers the possibility of obtaining protection for industrial designs in up to about 50 States and/or intergovernmental organisations by means of a single international application.

Design services

We offer the following services in relation to designs and artistic copyright:

  • Advice in relation to suitability of artistic copyright, UK and EU unregistered design right, and UK and EU registered design to protect your design, and scope of coverage.
  • Preparing, filing and processing applications for UK and EU registered designs.
  • Preparing, filing and processing applications for International Design Registration.
  • Renewal of UK, EU & International Registered designs.
  • Advising on enforcement of UK & EU Registered designs.
  • Advising on validity of UK & EU Registered designs.

Registered designs last for 25 years if you renew them every 5 years.