This site is for information, resources and discussion on design law, including Community Designs, US Design Patents, and their equivalents worldwide. It was created by David Musker, a European intellectual property attorney at R G C Jenkins & Co, with assistance from contributors worldwide, as a background resource for the Class 99 design blog. If you have something constructive to add, you are welcome. Needless to say, this is not official information or legal advice, and should not be used as such; it is intended primarily as a finding aid.

The content inclues a set of case summaries (many initially published in Jenkins' Design Features and Make Your Mark newsletters, some courtesy of Bird & Bird, some based on information from UNION's Design Commission and APAA's Design Committee), covering not just registered design cases but also those under other relevant laws, and including OHIM Appeal Decisions to date. It also includes the current text of the UK primary and secondary registered designs legislation, the Registered Designs Act 1949 and the Registered Designs Rules 2006, migrated by David Pearce from his UK Patent Law wiki. Last but not least, there are an expanding number of thematic pages on design topics.

A word about searching. The text search box on the left can be used to find any word(s) in a page in the usual way, but you can also search by "tags", keywords or phrases which can be added when the page is created. Here is a link to the list of tags, and by clicking on one of them you can bring up a list of pages indexed by that tag. Names of countries, for example, ought to be in the tags for a page. If you are creating a page yourself, please think about useful tags and, preferably, use those already on the list if possible.

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