Unregistered Design Rights and IC Layout Design Protection

If you’re a designer, you have rights in the appearance of a product. Unregistered design rights protect the look of a product. Integrated circuit layout design protection is another option for protecting your designs. However, there is a difference between these rights and Copyright. This article will discuss both types of design rights. It will also outline the differences between the two. Read on to learn how you can protect your designs. In addition, you’ll learn about Copyright and Integrated circuit layout design.

Unregistered design rights protect the appearance of a product

Unregistered design rights in the UK are the protection of a product’s shape and configuration. These rights automatically arise when a product is created and protect its shape and configuration against copying by others. These rights last for a maximum of 15 years and apply to products that are not widely available. However, they don’t cover surface decorations and have a few other limitations. Listed below are some common exclusions to these rights.

Unregistered design rights are less strong than registered design rights, but they still provide protection for the visual appearance of a product. They are particularly important in industries such as consumer electronics, where the appearance of a product is crucial in persuading consumers to purchase a product. In addition, unregistered design rights can protect a product’s appearance and can be acquired automatically.

The duration of unregistered design rights varies between countries, but in general, they last for three years in the European Community and 10 years in the United Kingdom. These periods are based on when the design was first made into a marketable product, but it does not include the surface decoration. In the UK, design rights can be purchased, licensed or sold, but the lifespan is not as long as in other countries.


The copyright of design rights covers the visual appearance of an object and is the automatic right to protect original works. These rights are often used in combination with other forms of intellectual property. The shortest term for a copyright is 15 years. A designer can extend their copyright for five more years in certain cases. Listed below are some of the common design-related rights. While copyright protection may seem to be an unnecessary burden, it can still help you make money.

UK and European Community countries grant their citizens the right to protect unregistered design rights for 10 years. However, this period is split into two five-year periods. During the first five years, the design owner retains the exclusive rights to the design, while other parties may apply for a license. During the second and third five-year periods, the design is subject to the rights of the author and may even entitle the owner to royalties. Copyright of design rights are usually granted simultaneously in the UK and EU.

In the United States, copyright protection is automatic since 1978. Those who wish to file a lawsuit against someone who infringes on their design must first register the design. Registration of design rights creates a public record that they own the design. Typically, copyright protection applies to designs, sculptures, and other works of art in the visual arts. To register a design, you must complete Form VA, which is specific to the visual arts.

Integrated circuit layout design protection

The US has already taken steps to protect the semi conductor chip and the mask work that creates the IC. The act defines IC layout designs under 17 USC $ 902 and many other countries have followed suit. The WIPO also helped set standards for IC layout design and called it the “Washington treaty on the integrated circuit”.

Generally, a layout design is protected for 10 years or 15 years from the date it is first commercially exploited. In New Zealand, however, there is no formal system for protection of IC layout designs. It is, however, possible to secure protection for layout designs in other countries. This is because of a treaty signed in 1989 between various countries. This treaty protects IC layout designs in various countries and a design can be registered with the respective country.

The Indian patent regime was not suited to the specialization in chip design, and it did not provide sufficient protection to chip developers. This legislation will benefit the chip industry as a whole, as well as the consumer. It will attract new players and maintain healthy competition between chip manufacturers. This will result in more competitive pricing. Therefore, IC layout design protection should be a priority in the IP regime. If IC layout design protection is to be effective, it should be protected in all countries, including India.