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Design Rights in the UK and the Isle of Man - recent changes

Posted January 2017 in Briefings, Intellectual Property

Under the Manx and UK copyright legislation it is not an infringement of a design document to make industrially (ie more than 50 copies) articles in accordance with the design which are not themselves artistic works, including works of artistic craftsmanship.

Under Manx and (until 28 July 2016) UK copyright legislation the period of copyright protection for industrially produced artistic works was reduced from life of author plus 70 years to 25 years from first marketing. In UK the change applies from 28 July 2016 to new products unless contracted before 28 October 2015 and from 28 January 2017 to replicas or unauthorised copies.

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