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1. Check if you can register your design

You can register the look of a product you’ve designed to stop people copying or stealing it.

The look of your design includes the:

  • appearance
  • physical shape
  • configuration (or how different parts of a design are arranged together)
  • decoration

What you’ll get

Registering your design:

  • protects any aspect of your design, eg both the product’s shape and decoration
  • gives you exclusive rights to use it for up to 25 years
  • makes taking legal action against infringement and copying more straightforward

Once registered you can display your registration number on your design.

Shapes of objects may already be automatically protected by design right, but it’s easier to protect your design if you register it.

What you can and can’t register

To register your design, it must:

  • be new
  • not be offensive (eg feature graphic images or words)
  • not make use of protected emblems or flags (eg the Olympic rings or the Royal Crown)
  • not be an invention or how a product works - you’ll need a patent instead

You cannot protect the functionality of a design - eg a chair that folds down more quickly than others of the same kind.

Search the registers

Search any of the following design registers to check if your design is unique:

You can ask the Intellectual Property Office to search for you for £25.