647. National and international framework.

The principal United Kingdom legislation relating to the protection of designs1 by registration is the Registered Designs Act 1949, 2which establishes a domestic code for the registration and protection of designs3. Designs can also be protected across all EU member states under the Community Design Regulation5. From a United Kingdom perspective, until IP completion day6, the Design Regulation provides for the protection of both registered and unregistered designs; as from that day only the unregistered right is available