Design Law A wise word from Mr Mizner


It was Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)who once said:

“Copy from one, it’s plagiarism copy from two, it’s research”

So how do I prevent copying of my design?

Consider unregistered design right which is a right which you can use to prevent unauthorised copying.

What is an unregistered design?

There are two forms of unregistered design. The first covers the UK. It comes into existence when it is created. It must be original. It has been part of the copyright laws in the UK.

The second is based on Community unregistered design right. This Community unregistered design co-exists with the UK’s UDR, but do differ. It comes into existence when a new design is first made available to the public within the European Community ie by disclosure.

UK design protects any aspect of the shape or configuration of the whole or part of an article whether aesthetic or functional in nature. Community unregistered design right protects the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product or its ornamentation.Â

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