Design rights registration
PAIL® Solicitors intellectual property lawyers give a basic explanation of design rights and design rights registration in the UK, EU and US
A design is a product’s appearance. The look and feel all count towards the design. The design has to be novel to qualify as a new design.
Design Rights Registration – Ownership
Generally, the design is owned by the creator except if it were created by an employee whilst working. A commissioned design may also have to be assigned for ownership to be transferred.
Unregistered design rights
You can have registered and unregistered designs. Unregistered design rights like copyright are automatic. They focus on the construction of a product i.e. the shape, contours etc They are a property right like copyright and can be licensed and assigned as such. Unregistered designs are protected for 10 years.