Designs Mark Registration Under United Kingdom Law

A registered design allows the owner the exclusive right to make, offer, put on the market, import, export, use or stock any product to which the design has been applied or is incorporated, or to let others use the design under terms agreed with the registered owner, in the United Kingdom. The process for applying for registration includes: an application, a fee and numerous registry searches. Only when the mark is registered will legal protection be available.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What kind of search will be conducted for this design mark registration application?
Can an applicant claim a priority date for a design application that has been filed in another country?
What are the benefits for registration?
When can the design be manufactured?

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