Registered Designs Examination Practice

This guide explains the Intellectual Property practice under the Registered Designs Act 1949 and the Registered Design Rules 2006.


Registered Designs Examination Practice guide (online version)


It contains sections of the Registered Designs Act 1949 (RDA) and also refers to the Registered Design Rules 2006.

The guide also includes:

  • information on absolute grounds for refusal
  • Formalities requirements for submitting a design application
  • Information on examination procedures
  • Information on the Locarno Classification system

The guide will be regularly updated to reflect changes in the Law and judicial decisions.


Practices set out in this document should be considered alongside the RDA and associated Rules. The guide should not be viewed in isolation, nor used as a substitute for legal advice.

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Published 16 March 2017