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Hargreaves implementation: Designs

With an estimated 33 billion being invested in design in 2008 - Design continues to be an important part of the UK economy. But there are questions about the extent to which the design industry is properly supported by the Intellectual Property Framework.

Progress - latest news

April 2013

  • Government Policy Statement: Consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework  Latest addition

    Today 30, April 2013, the government published a policy statement on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework PDF document(642Kb) in light of the recent consultation. The Government also published updated impact assessments.

    The Government intends to legislate as soon as possible to simplify the system. The proposals will be taken forward alongside other non-legislative changes, such as electronic filing, to help streamline registration processes and make them easier for businesses to use. The changes fall broadly into 3 categories:

    1. Measures to simplify design law and get the IP framework to better support innovation;
    2. Measures for the enforcement of designs and understanding the design rights of others;
    3. Process-focussed measures intended to help improve the overall working of the system.

January 2013

  • Designs consultation - publication of responses

    Today, Wednesday 9 January 2013, the Government published a summary of responses PDF document(806Kb) received during its consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework. The Government received 38 responses from interested parties.

    This document summarises responses to the consultation and does not include any policy decisions or announcements. Decisions made as a result of the consultation will be published as soon as possible.

August 2012

  • Designs Consultation Regional Stakeholder Events

    Following the launch of the Designs Consultation on the 24 July 2012, we will be holding a number of stakeholder events throughout the country. The aim of these events is to obtain as many views as possible from interests on the proposed changes.

    If you would like to attend either of the events, please contact the Designs Review Team by 27 August 2012.

July 2012

  • Designs Consultation

    On 24 July 2012, the Government published its consultation on the reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework.

    This consultation follows up on the assessment published at the end of last year, and seeks views on the Government’s proposals for improving the design IP Framework. We are seeking relevant evidence on the potential for the proposed measures to improve the contribution of the design IP system to UK economic growth, and to inform decisions on legislative and other action in these areas.

    For further information, please read the press release issued on 24 July 2012.

December 2011

  • Designs assessment

    On 19 December 2011, the IPO published its assessment of the need to simplify the system.

    This paper details the current state of our research and our views on the need for more. It also records the suggestions for reform of the design IP framework that have been submitted to the Call for Evidence and survey.

September 2011

  • Designers: have your say

    The Hargreaves review recommended that the IPO conduct an evidence based assessment of the relationship between design rights and innovation, with a view to establishing a firmer basis for evaluating policy at the UK and European level. The Government, in its response to the review, committed to taking forward this recommendation and to publishing its assessment of the case for simplification of the design right system and to achieve this we asked for evidence from as many people and organisations as possible.

    The call for evidence PDF document(1.32Mb) closed on the 11 November 2011 and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this and also to the online survey.

    If you have any queries regarding submission of evidence please e-mail the Designs Review Team.