Registered design licence

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What's a registered design licence and when do you need it?

Use this template to licence your registered design right(s) to someone else in a way that enables you to control the way they use them and without risk to your rights of ownership.

Design rights protect others from copying how your products look, including their shape, configuration, or decoration. (How something works, e.g. technically or mechanically, may be something eligible for patent protection). There are two types of design rights: registered ones and unregistered ones.

This template is designed for design rights licences relating to the supply of products or services in the UK. Use it to licence your design rights to someone else in a way that enables you to control the way they use them and without risk to your rights of ownership.

You’ll need to think about what permissions you want to grant within this licence. For example, are you going to make the permission to use your design rights exclusive? Where are you giving permission for the design rights to be used and on what, or in relation to what activities? Do you want to set territorial boundaries or other restrictions, such as not using the design rights for particular applications or with particular customer groups?

What will your licensee pay you and how will they do so? Are you going to allow your licensee to sub-licence? Will you want them to help you to handle any design rights infringements that they spot before you do?

Our template will guide you through all the considerations and help you to draft something clear.