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Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework

Reference: 2012-002

Launch date: 24 July 2012
Closing date: 2 October 2012

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is making a number of proposals to make improvements to the designs legal framework following an earlier ‘call for evidence PDF document(1.32Mb)’ and associated online survey.

We are now seeking relevant evidence on the potential for the proposed measures which includes:

  • improve the enforcement regime and enable people to understand more fully what rights are held by others, to help avoid disputes
  • resolve uncertainties around the scope of protection
  • simplify the laws surrounding the ownership of and qualification for design right

The consultation is directed to all interested parties including (but not limited to): designers, patent and trade mark attorneys, legal professionals, and users of the designs system.

Note: The consultation document was updated on 13 September to include amendments to paragraphs 8.10 to 8.13.