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responses received to Government's proposed reform of design regime

11 January 2013

The Government has published a summary of responses to its consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework. The proposed reforms include improving the enforcement regime to promote better understanding of rights, resolving uncertainties around the scope of protection, simplifying laws and improving the provision of information.

Responses indicate that many involved in product design struggle to understand the current UK/community registered and unregistered design rights regime, choosing to rely on the unregistered design right (UDR) and unregistered Community design right (UCD) rather than registered protection.  The majority of respondents were in favour of simplifying and harmonising UDR and UCD including chanaging the UDR qualification requirements to match those for UCD.

The responses show the need to simplify and harmonize the design regime as a whole and, as between the different UK and community design right rights, so that designers can select the best type of protection based on their design and business requirements.

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