In general, the registration of an old design1 in respect of any article2 is invalid if it is the same as a design which before the date of the application for registration was registered or published in the United Kingdom in respect of the same or any other article, or which differs from such a design only in immaterial details or in features which are variants commonly used in the trade3. The general rules as to what constitutes publication of a design resemble those respecting publication in relation to a patent4
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