Consultation outcome

Reviewing the designs framework: Call for views

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The designs call for views and survey sought stakeholder feedback on a range of issues, including novelty searching for registered designs, enforcement, and disclosure of supplementary unregistered designs (SUDs). The survey was aimed at stakeholders with a less detailed knowledge of IP.

The government response summarises the views of respondents and identifies issues for further consideration, including areas for future consultation.

The government would like to thank everyone who responded to the call for views and survey.

Feedback received

Responses A-I

Response: J-Z

Detail of feedback received

57 responses were received to the call for views.

These came from designers (5), design consultants (2), academics (2), legal firms and professionals (17), legal trade bodies and professional bodies (7), other trade bodies (10), small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) (9), large enterprises (4) and other (1).

Original consultation


We are seeking views on how to make the designs framework better and encourage creativity, innovation and give the UK a competitive edge.

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Consultation description

Now that the UK has left the European Union (EU), we have new opportunities to ensure the UK designs framework better encourages creativity and innovation. We want creative businesses and entrepreneurs to make the most from this new flexibility and to give the UK a competitive edge. To ensure our legal framework is as competitive, up to date, and as flexible as possible, we are conducting a call for views of how the UK protects designs.

We are seeking views on whether the system is too complex and whether it is adaptable to new technologies. We also want to know how we can improve the user-experience, increase the value of the IP rights and broader accessibility to design protection.

We ask for your responses to the questions on the designs framework highlighted in the call for views. We would like evidence-based responses where possible.


Published 25 January 2022
Last updated 12 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Call for views on designs: Government response, analysis and feedback received published

  2. First published.