The proposed supplementary unregistered design (SUD)

03 June 2020

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published guidance entitled “Changes to unregistered designs from 1 January 2021”. The IP Federation welcomes the rights and measures set out in the guidance as largely meeting our previously-stated position, including the creation of the supplementary unregistered design (SUD) which will go part-way to compensate for the loss of unregistered Community design (UCD) which is a particular concern for certain sectors of the UK industry.

The IP Federation policy position regarding the SUD may be summarised as follows:

  • Businesses will benefit from improved certainty if the SUD mirrors the UCD exactly.
  • Businesses will benefit from a reciprocal agreement between the UK and the EU which ensures that disclosure in either the UK or EU attracts both SUD and UCD.

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