Topic: Design

Licensing: The Basics

What is a licence? A licence is a limited permission for another person to use your IP rights. It is a contract between the rights holder and the licensee whereby the rights holder consents for the licensee to do certain acts in exchange for some form of remuneration. Licensing is a very flexible way of exploiting IP because the parties to a contract are generally free to agree the terms they choose, depending on their commercial objectives. It is prudent to have these terms in writing so that both parties can be certain of the rights and obligations that...

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Development Agreements – What Do They Mean For My Idea?

This briefing note is aimed at prospective creative talent who intend to pursue a career in producing programmes and is intended to inform this audience of the key elements in what is typically the first stage of having a programme idea brought to life- from the proposal of your idea to providing development work under a Development Agreement to further your idea into a potential programme for broadcast. Purpose of a Development Agreement: A Development Agreement is a contract in which it is expressly agreed that you will develop and further your programme idea into something more tangible to...

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The IP Guide to… Industrial design

Industrial design brings together the aesthetics and the usability of mass produced products. These are engineered in order to improve their commercial appeal. Examples of famously successful industrially designed products include the Apple iPhone and the Bugatti Veyron car. The market in these goods is keenly competitive and growing all the time, particularly in the consumer electronics field. Protecting your IP rights is essential to ensure you make the most out of your design. There are various relevant IP rights. This guide will consider design rights and registered designs; copyright; patents; and trade marks Design You can protect property...

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I’m an artist – what do I need to know about IP?

As an artist, two types of intellectual property (IP) rights are of particular importance: copyright and design rights. An artist will also have moral rights to their work. Copyright Copyright protects the following categories of original artistic work: 1.      a graphic work, photograph, sculpture or collage; 2.      a work of architecture being a building or model of a building; or 3.      a work of artistic craftsmanship. These categories are relatively self-explanatory and cover works falling within the ordinary meaning of the words apart from ‘graphic work’ and ‘a work of artistic craftsmanship’, which require some further explanation. A ‘graphic...

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I’m a designer: what do I need to know about IP?

Under UK and European intellectual property (IP) law, designers may have certain rights over their creations. However, what is protected by design right may be different from the product as a whole. Generally, design rights are only concerned with particular features of the product, not the intrinsic product itself. It is important to have an understanding of the rights that apply if you are to determine how best to exploit them, whether by manufacture of the designs or by selling or licensing your rights to a third party. There are four types of right available to protect designs in...

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