The term ÂdesignÂ is used rather flippantly. However, it is important to know when something
cannot qualify as a ÂdesignÂ.
In the United Kingdom, in order to register a design, and to qualify for the registered design
right which lasts for 25 years, you need,
Â· A design
Â· Individual character
Â· And it must not be EXCLUDED from registration, i.e,
– A component part of a complex product ( a product which is composed of at least 2
replaceable component parts permitting disassembly and reassembly of the product) not visible
during normal use.
– Purely functional designs, i.e. they must have some aesthetic purpose.
– The interface exception, e.g. excludes designs which require a mechanical connection
to the product.
– Designs contrary to public policy or the accepted principles of morality.
– Certain emblems.