Applying for UK and EU registered designs
Produced in partnership with Boyes Turner LLP
Applying for UK and EU registered designs

The following IP guidance note Produced in partnership with Boyes Turner LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying for UK and EU registered designs
  • UK registered designs
  • Examination
  • Dealing with objections
  • Formalities
  • Publication/registration
  • Time limits
  • Appeals
  • Registered Community designs
  • Examination
  • more

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.

A registered design can protect the appearance of the whole or part of a product. The scope of registered designs extends not only to three-dimensional shapes, but also to two-dimensional design features such as colour, surface decoration and texture.

There are two options for achieving registered design protection in the UK:

  1. a UK registered design offering protection in the UK only, or

  2. a registered Community design (RCD) covering the whole of the EU

See Practice Note: Registered design rights in the UK and EU.

For more information about the impact of Brexit on RCD protection, see Practice Notes: Brexit—IP rights and Design rights before and after Brexit—comparison table.

UK registered designs

The process for applying for UK registered design protection is governed by the Registered Design Act 1949 (RDA 1949) and the Registered Design Rules 2006 (SI 2006/1975) (the Rules). Relevant forms are annexed to the Rules in Schedule 1.

UK registered design applications are filed at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on form DF2A. Applications should:

  1. include