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Registered Design - Intellectual Property

A registered design has protections covering its appearance, physical shape, configuration and decoration, providing the design was new when it was registered, did not contain graphic images or wording, did not contain protected flags or emblems and is not an invention, as this would need to be protected by a patent.

A registered design is protected for up to 25 years in the UK, though the protection needs to be renewed every five years.

The UK design registration process takes up to one month, as opposed to unregistered design rights which ae granted automatically. 

The key difference between enforcement of unregistered design rights and registered design rights is that you don’t have to prove that an infringement was deliberate for register design rights.

The Business & IP Centre on the British Library website is a helpful resource, here.



Return to intellectual property law glossary here.