As previously reported on our website here the IP Act 2014 makes a number of changes to the UK law on design protection.  The Intellectual Property Office has issued some guidance for businesses on the forthcoming changes, which can be found here.

Amongst the changes that will happen in due course are the introduction of a criminal offence for the deliberate copying of a registered design (including Community Designs) and a change in the default ownership of unregistered designs arising from a commission - the commissioner will no longer be the owner of a design unless there is contract to assign the rights.