The Patent Office has published details of a potential design system shake-up. Â
The Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006, the Registered Designs Rules 2006 and theÂ Registered Designs (Fees) Rules 2006 is are to come into force on 1 October 2006 and is likely toÂ change the UKs design system in the following ways:
Â 1) end novelty and individual character examinations for new design applications.
Â 2) Multiple design applications will be allowed.
Â 3) Restoration of design made easier after designs have lapsed.
Â As long as these new changes make the application of a design easier, then all the above rules should be welcomed.