8 Reasons You Need Registered Designs
Whether your business creates bespoke jewellery, cutting-edge technology, or the latest fashion, registered designs must not be overlooked as part of your intangible business assets.
Here are just 8 reasons why registered designs need to be in your intellectual property armoury:
- Registered designs protect the shape and appearance of products, which is particularly important with the increasing use of 3D printing.
- The UK registered design system is a member of an international system. This means that protection for your design in the UK can be extended overseas to other countries in which your business operates.
- Renewable every 5 years, they are increasingly being used successfully in the fashion industry where trends have a short lifespan.
- Often registered designs complement trade marks by protecting distinctive product shapes and packaging, but also business logos. However, they also bridge a gap in protection. Copyright is generally not available for most objects and the protection of these objects by trade marks can require evidence that such product features are distinctive.
- Registered designs are a comparatively low-cost form of legal protection compared to patents covering inventions.
- The phone wars between Apple and Samsung have highlighted that they can be an effective form of protection against competitors.
- The more novel a design, the stronger its appeal. Accordingly, design protection is critical for successful commercialisation.
- A registered design protects the appearance and shape of the whole or features of a product (for example, a designer handbag or mobile phone) or packaging for up to 25 years.
For further information or advice on how you can protect your designs, contact us.