UK registered designs hold strong


Daniel Thorpe

UK registered designs hold strong

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Data from the UK shows that the appetite for registering designs has held throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, says Daniel Thorpe of Marks & Clerk.

Records from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have shown a rise in registered design filings despite COVID-19 overshadowing the events of 2020. Similarly, international design applications through the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs have remained strong. However, the devil is in the detail and there are signs of a drop-off in the Hague System in 2020.

UK designs

Design registrations protect the appearance of a product. For a design application to be registered in the UK, it is examined by the IPO. The IPO’s monthly statistics reveal a continued increase in UK design applications in 2020 compared to 2019.

While a registered design needs to satisfy the requirements of novelty and individual character to be valid, these are not examined by the IPO. Therefore, if the initial application addresses all the formal requirements at filing, further objections are rare.

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