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Contemporary Intellectual PropertyLaw and Policy

Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (5th edn)

Abbe Brown, Smita Kheria, Jane Cornwell, and Marta Iljadica
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date: 28 November 2023

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  • Abbe Brown, Abbe BrownProfessor in Intellectual Property, University of Aberdeen
  • Smita Kheria, Smita KheriaSenior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Jane CornwellJane CornwellLecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh
  •  and Marta IljadicaMarta IljadicaLecturer in Intellectual Property, University of Glasgow


This chapter discusses the law of registered designs. It explains the international treaty context for design law, and then considers the substantive law of registered designs in the UK and at an EU level, looking together at UK registered design protection and the Community registered design. Issues considered include: what designs may be validly registered, exclusions from protection, treatment of spare parts and component parts of complex products, challenging the validity of a registration, rights conferred by registration, and defences to infringement. The chapter also looks briefly at the interaction between registered design protection and other IP rights, in particular copyright.

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