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Design Rights

Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

An intellectual property right protecting original, non-commonplace, three-dimensional designs of the shape or configuration of products. It is a right to prevent copying, lasting only 10 years after first marketing the product or 15 years from creation of the design. Design rights may be bought, sold or licensed.

The Glossary of IP Terms was prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England.

Photo credit: TooFarNorth


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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