Comparison table for design protection available in the UK
Comparison table for design protection available in the UK

The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Comparison table for design protection available in the UK

This table sets out the key differences between the various unregistered and registered design rights available in the UK. For more detailed information regarding the different design rights set out below see Practice Notes: Registered design rights in the UK and European Union and Unregistered design rights in the UK and EU.

There is an overlap between copyright and design right protection. For more information about this, see Practice Note: Copyright in designs.

  UK design right (UK unregistered design right) Registered UK designs Unregistered Community designs Registered Community designs
Relevant legislation Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Part III ss 213–264 Registered Designs Act 1949 (as amended pursuant to Council Directive (EC) 98/71) Community Design Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) 6/2002) Community Design Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) 6/2002)
How does protection arise? The right arises automatically once qualifying designs have been recorded in a design document or an article has been made to the design. The designer