Unregistered Community Design right can offer up to 3 years protection against unauthorised copying of the outward appearance of a product (or part of a product) which results from features of the product such as line, contour, colour, shape, texture, materials, or its ornamentation.
A Registered Community Design (RCD) is an exclusive right for the outward appearance of a product (or part of a product) which results from features of the product such as line, contour, colour, shape, texture, materials, or it's ornamentation, which may be maintained for up to 25 years.
Community Design right may serve as a useful adjunct to trade mark rights. If your brand consists of a 3D sign, logo, graphic symbol, or stylised wording, its appearance may be protected against third party copying for up to 3 years by unregistered Community Design right. You may also obtain an exclusive right in the appearance of your brand for up to 25 years by obtaining a Registered Community Design. A Registered Community Design can also assist your business to protect its investment in a brand against unauthorised third party use while it builds up the evidence necessary to obtain registered trademark status.
As UK Registered Trade Mark Attorneys and Professional Representatives before the Community Office, Insignia can advise you of your rights and guide you through the process of protecting your designs.