Following this firm’s preparation of a report into the Utility of Design, the UKIPO have launched a consultation concerning the reform of the legal framework of Design.

The consultation (which is due to close on 2 October) focuses on key subjects such as:

  • the harmonisation of the UK unregistered design right with that of the European unregistered design right;
  • whether criminal sanctions should be introduced for deliberate copying of designs; and
  • the overlap between design rights and copyright.

Full details of the consultation can be found at: http://info.speechlys.com/collect/click.aspx?u=/G1GTPto3VXaFa77fnW7gBvhgoIySct1KLkA4oyM4K260lePIZVsmIxa6iCqiP/kZj/8rIoaxU5exIIqRO1oyLK7yRB9vptOAHp45sE0Stg=&rh=ff000b8bf77f8a53a64275f13f45b8f250d8994c