Its importance to the UK economy prompted the Intellectual Property Office to commission a set of research projects around design rights which has been produced in four chapters.
Chapter 1: design services, design rights and design life lengths in the UK
This chapter looks at where design activity takes place in the UK, how it is purchased (bought externally or created internally) and how registered rights are used.
Authors: Annarosa Pesole, Imperial College Business School (ICBS) Jonathan Haskel, ICBS and CEPR.
Chapter 2: Registered designs and business performance - exploring the link
This chapter looks at the impact registered design rights have on business performance, given a UK or EU design registration.
Authors: Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau and Bruce S. Tether, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London.
Chapter 3: design right case studies
This chapter is a survey looking at the reasons for the behaviour of firms when interacting (or not as the case may be) with the IP framework for design.
Authors: Dr James Moultrie, Finbarr Livesey.
Chapter 4: design rights, an international comparison
This chapter is an international comparison of design systems in the UK, France and Germany.
Author: BOP Consulting