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

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.

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: UK registered and unregistered designs and Community (EU) designs.

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)