Design rights registration

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
Design
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.

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Illegal website products

Illegal website products – Can I legally sell any products on my website?

Whether you are building an online market place (e.g. a platform for buying and selling electronic goods for which you charge a fee), or an ecommerce or ebusiness platform (e.g. you are selling electronic goods directly to the consumer or supplying other businesses), illegal website products should be a consideration for you. You need to know what you can sell and why you are prohibited from selling certain products.

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