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Issue 06/46 | September 7, 2006
UK Design Registration Changes on October 1, 2006

On October 1, 2006 the U.K. Patent Office will change the way it handles design registrations. A guide to new procedures, forms, and fees is available here, with the following sections:

The main changes to the Registered Designs Act 1949 will be:

  • Ending the examination of new applications on grounds of novelty and individual character
  • Allowing multiple design
  • Restoration of lapsed

The main changes in the Registered Designs Rules 2006 will be:

  • Simplification of the application procedure
  • Provision for the public inspection of documents
  • A modernized set of statutory forms
  • Provision for the public inspection of
  • A requirement on the registrar to publish new designs in a journal

The main changes in the Registered Designs (Fees) Rules 2006 will be:

  • A new multiple application fee structure
  • A new deferment of publication fee

For more information on this topic, please contact William F. Heinze (bill.heinze@tkhr.com) at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

The information contained in this email is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. Neither the APLF nor the author intends to create an attorney client relationship by providing this information to you through this message.

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