Since Brexit, EU registered design protection no longer covers the UK. As a result, many design owners and IP practitioners have found themselves filing UK designs for the first time. Are you up to speed on UK practice? Here's a quick-glance guide to the key differences between the EU and UK design systems...
The UK system was harmonised with the EU system before Brexit, and it has not been significantly changed by new regulations. This means many key features are the same in the UK and the EU: validity and infringement is assessed in the same way and the requirements for the representations of the design are the same. Just as in the EU, the UK allows multiple designs to be bundled together in a single application, and the examination process looks at formalities only, so registration is usually quick.
But there are a few small differences in the process:
Knowing these key differences can help you prepare yourself, or your client, as you embark on UK design filings for the first time. And of course, if you need help filing UK registered designs, get in touch with our designs team, who will be happy to help!
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