Copyright protection arises automatically from the creation of an artistic or literary work. Copyright allows the owner to prevent others from copying substantial portions of the protected work.
A design refers to the appearance of a part or the whole of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of a product.
The design may subsist both in the shape of a product and in the decoration applied to a product;
Registered Designs confer additional rights?
A granted registered design lasts for up to 25 years but does not guarantee that the owner can make and sell the product. Rather, design registration gives the owner the right to stop others from making, using or selling a similar product. This right is in addition to any unregistered design rights or copyright protection that may exist automatically in the design.
Why should I register my Design?
N J Akers & Co and Design Rights:
We advise clients on the protection of their designs and regularly represent them in obtaining registered UK and European Community Designs.
Design rights give additional protection and commercial flexibility.
Copyright protection arises automatically from the creation of an artistic or literary work.