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: