Research and analysis

The development of design law: past and future

Investigation into the effectiveness of design law in the UK and to research ways of bringing the system up to date.

Documents

The development of design law - past and future: executive summary

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The development of design law - past and future

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In a knowledge economy ideas are money - the UK design industry is worth over £15bn a year to the economy, so it’s important for the UK as well as for individual designers that the ability to protect those ideas is as accessible, applicable and implementable as it can be.

The Government recognises the importance of British Design; but more than that, it recognises that it is an area of potential growth, with the recent Hargreaves Review (commissioned by the Prime Minister, David Cameron) making it clear that:

the role of IP in supporting this important branch of the creative economy has been neglected.

Authors: Alexander Carter-Silk, Michelle Lewiston

Published 24 July 2012