Changes to the Law on Registered Design
The government wishes to encourage innovation. But despite this British Designers have been lessÂ than willing to register their deisgns than their European counterparts.
The Patent Office recently commented
ÂSince the introduction of the registered Community design in April of 2003, not only has demandÂ for UK design registration decreased significantly, but also the proportion of unrepresentedÂ applicants from small and medium sized enterprises has more than doubled to about 70%Â.
Its aim :-
To make it Âeasier to protect new designs should encourage innovation in the field of design. OurÂ intention is therefore to keep the cost of registering new designs as low as possible and toÂ register UK designs in the sort of timescale which is relevant to a fast moving sector of theÂ economy. This will encourage innovators to protect their new designs and gain the benefits, ifÂ their preference is for a UK registration rather than a more expensive Community registration.ÂÂ
So the proposal is that the Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006, the RegisteredÂ Designs Rules 2006 and the Registered Designs (Fees) Rules 2006 will all come into force on 1Â October 2006.