Term and Renewal
If your design registration is successful, you will own the design for an initial five years from the date of filing the registration. The registration can then be renewed every five years up to a maximum of 15 years, subject to the payment of the renewal fees.
Infringement of your registered design
If you discover that your registered design has been used without your consent, you can exercise your rights under the Registered Designs Act by taking legal action against the infringing party, including seeking relief in the form of an injunction to stop the infringing action, demanding for the profits gained by the infringing party at his expense and/or, seeking damages for the loss suffered.
Revocation of your registered design
At any time after the design has been registered, any interested person may apply to the Registrar or the Court for revocation proceedings of a registered design on the grounds that:
• the design was not new at the time of registration;
• the design was a corresponding design in relation to an artistic work in which copyright subsisted at the time it was registered, but the period of registration of the design had expired when the copyright in that work expired; or
• Any other ground on which the Registrar could have refused to register the design.
Any aggrieved party may apply to the Court for the Register to be rectified.
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