Protection and management of designs—a practical guide
Produced in partnership with RPC
Protection and management of designs—a practical guide

The following IP practice note produced in partnership with RPC provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Protection and management of designs—a practical guide
  • Registered designs
  • How best to represent your design
  • The grace period
  • Other timing considerations for filing an application
  • Unregistered designs
  • Qualification criteria
  • How best to evidence unregistered designs
  • Other considerations
  • Ownership and assignment of designs
  • 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?

Designs are protected by law both at UK and EU levels. Designs can be protected by registered design rights and/or unregistered design rights. For an overview of the protection available for designs, see Practice Notes: UK registered and unregistered designs, Community (EU) designs and Q&A: How do I protect my design?

This note provides practical guidance to enable proprietors of designs to ensure that their designs benefit from the protection available. The note deals with considerations relating to registered

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