design rights

design rights

the legal ownership by persons or businesses of original designs of the shape or configuration of industrial products. In the UK, the COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT 1988 gives protection to the creators of industrial designs against unauthorized copying for a period of 10 years after the first marketing of the product. Design right protection is automatic and there are no registration requirements. Design right is an exclusive right for five years after first marketing and then becomes subject to licences of right for the remaining five years. If a design right is infringed, the design right owner (or licensee) may seek an injunction from the courts preventing further abuses, with offenders liable to pay damages/fines.

Under the Registered Design Act 1949, designs judged to be original solely by their outward appearance (i.e. by ‘eye appeal’ and not by their functioning) can be registered with the Designs Registry, a branch of the PATENT OFFICE. This facility has been continued by the 1988 Act which increased the term of protection for registered designs from a maximum of 15 years to 25 years.

design rights

the legal ownership by persons or businesses of original designs of the shape or configuration of industrial products. In the UK, the COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT 1988 gives protection to the creators of industrial designs against unauthorized copying for a period often years after the first marketing of the product.
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Now, after a court ruling, Ms Phillips, 35, is facing crushing damages and legal costs bills after Judge Amanda Michaels ruled she had breached her ex-boss's design rights.
The twenty-two selections that make up the main body of the text are devoted to industrial design rights in Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Denmark and the other Nordic countries, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela.
Here Trunki had specific registered design rights which gave it protection in its design of a suitcase based on an animal with horns.
THE NORTH East designer who created the children's Trunki suitcase said he is "bewildered" after losing a Supreme Court fight with a rival over design rights.
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There are other forms of protection, including design rights, trademarks and copyright.
Bridgestone Corporation (the Company) announced that it has received a favorable ruling in its lawsuit regarding infringement of its design rights against two Chinese companies: JIANXIN RUBBER (FUJIAN) CO.
We have often had [approaches]- We own the design rights and architectural design rights to the Burj Al Arab.
The next important question for design right owners is going to be how effective the enforcement of design rights will be in Kuwait.
Industrial design registrations are also growing — and while Apple aggressively asserts its design rights in courtrooms, it does not file the most applications for such rights.
Sydney, Sep 23 ( ANI ): Tech giant Apple, fresh out of long-running legal with Samsung over several patent and design rights claims, has now been accused of stealing designs by Switzerland's national rail company.

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