Design rights protect the appearance of products, in particular the lines, colours and shape. There are two types of design right in the UK (and Europe) – registered designs and unregistered designs.
Registered designs provide their owner with a monopoly right that lasts for 25 years, subject to renewal fees that are payable every five years. In the UK and Europe registered designs can be obtained relatively quickly (sometimes in less than a week). Therefore, they enable you to very quickly obtain enforceable rights to protect your new product.
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