Intellectual property and spare parts
Produced in partnership with Ben Mark and Georgia Davis of RPC
Intellectual property and spare parts

The following IP practice note Produced in partnership with Ben Mark and Georgia Davis of RPC provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Intellectual property and spare parts
  • What are spare parts?
  • Designs
  • UK unregistered designs (UDRs)
  • UK registered designs
  • Registered Community designs (RCDs)
  • Unregistered Community designs (UCDs)
  • Trade marks
  • Passing off
  • Patents
  • 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: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

This Practice Note is intended to provide a summary as to how spare parts are dealt with for the main IP rights available under English law (namely designs, trade marks, patents, copyright); together with examples of the way in which the law works in practice and pragmatic tips for both rights holders and those who make and/or sell spare parts.

What are spare parts?

A ‘spare part’ is an interchangeable part that is kept in an inventory and used for

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