24 July 2017
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Creative Barcode - an ideal solution to enable Design Owners to comply with the IPO Registered Design Act product marking requirements

The UK IPO has issued a proposal for relevant UK design legislation to be amended to provide registered design owners with the option of marking a product with the address of a website which links the product with the relevant registered design numbers as an alternative way of providing notice of the rights.

In support of that proposal Creative Barcode – the worldwide IP Tagging system is an ideal solution for both owners of registered designs and unregistered. The Creative Barcode system enables users to rapidly create digital IP Rights tags with Meta Data accessed via a URL generated unique to the product. The embedded URL includes registered design number, IP owner and so forth and is unique to that product it is applied to. Additionally IP Rights tag formats include a QR code applied to products, labels and packaging and scanned to reach the Registered Design Rights meta data.

Registered design owners can currently stamp or label their products with the word ‘registered’ and the relevant registered design numbers. This is in order to ensure that anyone who infringes the design cannot later claim they were unaware of the registration, and so be excused from paying damages to the owner.

It is common that multiple IP rights may subsist in a single product, which may lapse or be revoked at different points in time.

A key issue for owners of Registered Designs is the time and cost of updating products, labelling and packaging when the Design registration status or IP owner changes.  That problem is instantly eradicated by applying the products unique IP Tag & its URL or QR code to the product, labelling etc. The tags’ Meta data can be edited by the Creative Barcode account holder within minutes resulting in registered design information etc to be simultaneously updated on everything it is applied to regardless of quantity and at no cost.

Examples of the full range of IP tags can be viewed at  http://www.creativebarcode.com/iptags.html and below are a couple of example URLs linking to owners meta data 

 

IP Rights >> http://c-b.me/1hu

 

IP Rights >> http://c-b.me/384 

 

It is an offence to falsely represent a design right and therefore the Creative Barcode system enables design owners to remain compliant virtually effortlessly.

 

Original IPO Release

 

Call for Evidence on proposed changes to the Registered Designs Act 1949

 

Proposal to introduce an option for design owners to mark their products with a relevant website address as a way of providing public notice of their intellectual property rights

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/webmarking-for-registered-design-rights-call-for-evidence

Registered design owners can currently stamp or label their products with the word ‘registered’ and the relevant registered design numbers. This is in order to ensure that anyone who infringes the design cannot later claim they were unaware of the registration, and so be excused from paying damages to the owner.

It is common that multiple IP rights may subsist in a single product, which may lapse or be revoked at different points in time. Rights owners tell us that re-marking products when the details change in one of these ways is very costly, both in terms of time and money. It is an offence to falsely represent that a product is protected by a registered design right.

We are therefore proposing that the relevant UK designs legislation be amended to provide registered design owners with the option of marking a product with the address of a website which links the product with the relevant registered design numbers as an alternative way of providing notice of the rights.

We welcome your views on this proposal.

Ways to respond

The Call for Evidence can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/webmarking-for-registered-design-rights-call-for-evidence

The Call closes at midnight on the 10th August.

Email to:

webmarking@ipo.gov.uk

Write to:

Elizabeth Grose
Intellectual Property Office
Concept House
Cardiff Road
Newport
NP10 8QQ

 




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