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A registered design protects the visual appearance of a product or item and gives you exclusive rights for that appearance to the extent that, if necessary, there is a legal right to stop an unauthorised party from producing or using your design.

Design rights protect the way a product looks. If the design has a technical function or the appearance of the product comes naturally as a result of the function that it performs, then a design right may not be suitable.

There are two types of design right: registered design rights and unregistered design rights.

For further information on the different types of design rights, please see the links below which lead to the design right information in the 'Products & Services' section of our website.