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New Registered Design Law

Written by Michael Coyle on 09 July 2007

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Changes to the Law on Registered Design

The government wishes to encourage innovation. But despite this British Designers have been less than willing to register their deisgns than their European counterparts. 

The Patent Office recently commented

“Since the introduction of the registered Community design in April of 2003, not only has demand for UK design registration decreased significantly, but also the proportion of unrepresented applicants from small and medium sized enterprises has more than doubled to about 70%”.

Its aim :-

To make it “easier to protect new designs should encourage innovation in the field of design. Our intention is therefore to keep the cost of registering new designs as low as possible and to register UK designs in the sort of timescale which is relevant to a fast moving sector of the economy. This will encourage innovators to protect their new designs and gain the benefits, if their preference is for a UK registration rather than a more expensive Community registration.”

So the proposal is that the Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006, the Registered Designs Rules 2006 and the Registered Designs (Fees) Rules 2006 will all come into force on 1 October 2006.

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