The IP Federation has submitted a response to the consultation on proposal for changes in registered design fees which closes on 29 January 2016.
In general, IP Federation members welcome any reduction in the official fees charged in order to secure IP rights, and thus we support the proposed fee reductions. We also welcome the proposed fee reductions if they encourage other companies to register more of their designs so that third parties can readily inspect the register and carry out appropriate searches when clearing their own designs for use.
However, many IP Federation members require protection for their designs throughout the European Community and therefore use the Community Registered Design system rather than the UK national system. We urge the IPO to press OHIM to consider making similar reductions to the fees charged in respect of Community Registered Designs so that designers throughout the Community are encouraged to register more of their designs.
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