IP—new starter design rights guide
IP—new starter design rights guide

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

  • IP—new starter design rights guide
  • Introductory materials
  • Protecting rights in designs—training materials
  • Other topics of interest/other practice area specific material
  • Brexit
  • Q&As
  • Further reading materials
  • Key associations for lawyers dealing with designs

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?

This new starter guide provides an introduction to design rights. It focuses on highlighting the basic principles that apply and includes numerous links to other LexisNexis® sources and materials which provide more comprehensive information. It is aimed at trainee solicitors and those new to the law of design rights. Information on other intellectual property (IP) rights including other new starter guides is contained in Practice Note: Intellectual property (IP)—new starter guide.

Those who are new to IP law are also likely to find: Design transactions and management—overview and Design disputes—overview in this topic useful.

Where something is not covered by this basic guide, use the Topics tab on the homepage to browse further content under the Designs topic’s subtopics:

  1. Designs transactions and management

  2. Designs disputes

This guide also contains links to help you make the most of the IP materials,

including how to sign up for email alerts and how to contact the LexisAsk team.

Introductory materials

For an introduction to designs, along with the Overviews mentioned above, see Practice Notes:

  1. UK registered and unregistered designs

  2. Community (EU) designs

  3. Comparison tables for design protection available in the UK

  4. Design assignment and licensing

  5. Registered and unregistered design right infringement

Protecting rights in designs—training materials

Protecting rights in designs—training materials consist of template PowerPoint slides that can be used as the basis of one or more training seminars on issues arising in relation to designs. It is anticipated that those providing training will use these slides as a helpful starting point for their presentations and then amend them accordingly to reflect their particular circumstances.

Other topics of interest/other practice area specific material

Copyright, Trade marks, Patents and Know-how/R & D are all topics that may be of interest to those learning about design rights. These topics are covered in the IP practice area.


The Brexit subtopic pulls together key information of general interest to those interested in Brexit developments. Practice Note:

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