Government consultation on possible reform to UK design law – have your say!
In what is very timely news, the UK Government has released a consultation on whether changes are required to the existing UK design law framework. The consultation is in the form of a survey, and is open for responses until 07 February 2022.
The questions of the survey are fairly wide-ranging, and notably include questions on whether substantive examination should be introduced as part of the UK design registration process. Other topics of consultation concern the existing criminal sanctions relating to UK design right enforcement; dynamic type (animated), and graphical user interface (GUI), design registrations; as well as questions which allude to the existing unregistered design right provisions in the UK.
Noting its wide-reaching nature, the issuance of this consultation now provides a fantastic opportunity for those already making use of registered and unregistered design rights in the UK to have their say on whether these rights are currently fit for purpose, and if not then how they could be improved to work more effectively. Equally, for those entities that are not yet making substantial use of design rights in the UK, the consultation at least now provides a welcome opportunity for these entities to provide input on how these rights might be modified to better cover their design related activities.
Access the UK Government design survey
The survey is open for responses until 07 February 2022.View survey