What is Not a Design
Written by Corinne Day on 17 October 2007« Return to Reading Room
The term 'design' is used rather flippantly. However, it is important to know when something cannot qualify as a 'design'.
In the United Kingdom, in order to register a design, and to qualify for the registered design right which lasts for 25 years, you need:
And it must not be EXCLUDED from registration, i.e,
-A component part of a complex product ( a product which is composed of at least 2 replaceable component parts permitting disassembly and reassembly of the product) not visible during normal use.
-Purely functional designs, i.e. they must have some aesthetic purpose.
-The interface exception, e.g. excludes designs which require a mechanical connection to the product.
-Designs contrary to public policy or the accepted principles of morality.
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