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The UK government has today taken advantage of the onset of the summer vacation in order to set out its proposals to enhance the UK’s designs legal framework which, it hopes, will make the system more accessible for businesses.  If nothing else, it will mean that no-one who is interested in design protection will be short of reading matter on the beach or, more likely, in the airport queue.

According to today's media release:
The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth referred to the current complexities of the legal framework used by businesses to protect their designs, and the importance of having a proper understanding of the role of designs in the economy. This consultation sets out proposals to help streamline the system and seeks other suggestions for improving the law ....
The Government is consulting on the following proposals:
· improving the enforcement regime to promote better understanding of rights held by others and to help avoid disputes;
· resolving uncertainties around the scope of protection;
· simplifying the laws relating to the ownership of and qualification for design right · improving the provision of information about design;
· enabling UK designs owners to be more selective about which countries they seek international registration for.
The Consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework will run for 10 weeks and concludes on 2 October 2012.

The Intellectual Property Office has today also published new research into the importance of design to the UK economy and how businesses protect their work. The first report considers the use of the legal framework. It finds that protecting and monetising products and services can be expensive, with unpredictable results. There also seems to be a mismatch between the courts’ and the users’ view of the scope of protection. The second report considers design in the international supply chain. The report finds that design is usually exported directly rather than being supplied to third parties to manufacture and export. The report also finds that design exports tend to go to other developed economies, not to low cost manufacturing economies like East Asia.

The reports, ‘The Development of Design Law - Past and Future (194Kb)’, and ‘UK Design as a global Industry (1.15Mb)’, are available on the IPO website.
Somewhat annoyingly, the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills' media release carries no links to anything more current than the Treasury's 126-page Plan for Growth, which dates back to March 2011. A promising-looking download at the bottom of the page contains nothing more useful than a pdf copy of itself. Couldn't someone have made themselves useful by inserting links to the Consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework, The Development of Design Law - Past and Future and UK Design as a global Industry, as Class 99 has just done here, rather than expecting readers to hunt around the various pages of publicly-funded web-matter in search of them?

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 11.45
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