Comment on: Businesses demand Brexit clarity
UK fashion designers should be aware that deal or no deal they will lose intellectual property unregistered design protection in EU27 currently available. This is potentially calamitous as the majority of UK designers, whether they are fashion, jewellery or product designers, relay on unregistered design rights. Whilst there has been a statutory instrument to introduce a UK Supplementary unregistered design right, this will only off protection in the UK, leaving UK designers vulnerable to copying. Thus far, Government have not provided much needed clarity on this erosion of design rights.last week ACID met with PM's PPS Andrew Bowie MP to raise this issue. .
And don't forget too, that UK fashion designers will be disadvantaged Deal or No Deal regarding design protection. On April 1, unless a solution is found, UK designers (the majority of whom rely on EU unregistered design rights) will lose protection in 27 EU countries. This is potentially calamitous.WHY? Because, for example, as a fashion designer, if I show my new fashion creations on a London Catwalk and I rely on unregistered rights, I cannot claim EU unregistered design protection in 27 EU states. This means my designs will NOT be protected in Europe. At the moment they are. Anti Copying in Design is seeking urgent clarity from Government on the legality of simultaneous publication as a matter of urgency.