Registered Designs – Illustrations Used on an Application

When you decide that you wish to file a registered design application you must think carefully of what illustrations you intend to submit. These illustrations must represent your design in full and leave no dount as to what it is you are seeking to protect.

The illustrations therefore must present an accurate and complete picture of your design.

The UK Intellectual Property Office offer the following further advice on the illustrations contained within a registered design application.

Repeated surface patterns

Views of designs with a repeated surface pattern should show the complete pattern and be surrounded with enough of the repeat to fully illustrate the entire pattern. Such designs should be indicated on page 2 of the application form.

Drawn views

These should be ink drawings or, better still, good-quality photocopies. Only use cross-sectional (cut through) views if they are essential to show a feature properly. If you do include sectional views, they must not show any internal features which cannot normally be seen on the finished product.

Photographic views

These should show the product in front of a clear background and should not include any other items. Avoid confusing highlights, reflections and heavy shadows. Take care to prevent misleading distortion as a result of the camera being too close to the item.

Glue your photos firmly to A4 backing sheets.

If you are having difficulty in representing your designs on paper, you may file a specimen of the new product design and still be granted the original date of filing. A period of time will then be allowed to enable you to produce illustrations on paper with help from an examiner should you need it. Similarly, you may file informal illustrations to avoid delaying your application date, and we will allow you time to put the paper illustrations in order for publication. The formal illustration must show the same design features as those shown in the informal illustrations.

However you choose to submit your llustrations it is crucial that they are clear and comprehensive to avoid any dispute in the future.

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