In the wake of the UK Supreme Court's Trunki decision, designers may now be questioning the value of registered designs to protect their products in the UK. However, during a panel discussion at the ITMA designs seminar on 27 April 2016, Mark Vanhegan QC and Michael Hicks (who represented the parties in the case), and Nathan Abraham of the IPO pointed out that design registration still represents good value for money and gave the audience some practical tips on how to secure valid protection.
Advantages of design registration:
•2D designs can be protected
•Provides an absolute monopoly (there is no need to prove copying)
•There is a grace period, which could be useful if there has been accidental disclosure before registering