HomeInsightsIntellectual Property Office publishes new guidance on registered designs

On 2 November 2022, the IPO published Designs Practice Notice (DPN) 02/22: Application forms, deferring publication, and time periods for replying to objections.

The aim of the DPN is to inform customers applying for UK registered designs about the application forms to use, the process for deferring publication of a design, and the time periods for overcoming any objections raised during examination. The new DPN replaces the guidance in DPN 05/06.

The IPO says that feedback has shown that there is some confusion about the applicable law and practice in this area. The DPN aims to provide clarity on these issues.

Given that the content of the DPN is merely of a clarificatory nature, as opposed to new practice, it applies immediately. To access the new guidance, click here.