Does obtaining a registered design for my work offer any benefits that unregistered rights do not?

In short, yes. Both UK and Community Registered Designs can last for 25 years compared to the UK and European Community versions of unregistered design right, which last for a maximum of 15 and 3 years respectively. In addition, the main advantage of having a design registration is that it protects against those who copy and also those who do not. With unregistered rights, the protection is only against those who copy your work, so if someone creates something that looks the same, but they have not copied, there is no infringement. With a registration, you are protected as you are granted a monopoly over that design. Those are the main benefits, but there are others which you should discuss with your lawyer.

Last update on 28.09.11 by the ACID Team.

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