Related insights: Design Protection

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Brexit and designs

18 May 2021
Since 1 January 2021, the scope of protection afforded by registered Community designs ("RCDs") has not extended to the United Kingdom ("UK"). However, each owner of a RCD that was registered and published before or on 31 December 2020 has been granted a comparable registered and enforceable IP right in the UK, known as the 're-registered design' – hereafter "RRD" – which came into force automatically and free of charge on 1 January 2021.
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Non-traditional marks – still struggling with registration

03 Feb 2020
For nearly 30 years, more than just word marks have been capable of registration across the European Union (EU). The relevant statutory provision in the UK as to what can constitute a trade mark (at the relevant time) was section 1(1)(a) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (the TMA).
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Dangers of CAD images in design filings

03 Dec 2019
A recent decision of the UK's Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Shnuggle Ltd v Munchkin, Inc & Lindam Ltd is further confirmation of the ongoing uncertainty that can attend representations on the scope of registered designs

Planning for Brexit: trade mark protection

29 Nov 2018
Although the United Kingdom (UK) government has confirmed that European Union (EU) trade marks registered prior to Brexit will continue to be protected in the UK post-Brexit, there is no proposed process under which pending applications will be automatically transferred into the UK applications process. 

Planning for Brexit: registered design protection

28 Nov 2018
Although the United Kingdom (UK) government has confirmed that European Union (EU) registered designs existing prior to Brexit will continue to be protected in the UK post-Brexit, there is no proposed process under which pending applications for EU registered designs (EURD) will be automatically transferred into the UK applications process.