Design assignment and licensing
Design assignment and licensing

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

  • Design assignment and licensing
  • Protection of designs
  • Assignment
  • UK registered designs
  • UK unregistered design rights
  • Joint UK registered designs and unregistered UK design rights
  • Assignment of Community designs
  • Registering the transfer of an RCD
  • Key points to consider in an assignment
  • Licensing
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

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.

Protection of designs

Designs are capable of being protected in a number of ways in the UK and, depending on how they are protected, they can be assigned, licensed or otherwise transferred. This Practice Note relates to:

  1. UK registered designs

  2. registered Community designs (RCDs)

  3. unregistered Community designs (UCDs)

  4. UK unregistered design rights

For more information about the various forms of design protection available, see Practice Notes: Registered design rights in the UK and EU, Unregistered design rights in the UK and EU and Comparison table for design

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