In Scotland and the rest of the UK, designs are protected under two main categories – registered and unregistered designs.
The shape and the configuration of objects are automatically protected by design right. Unregistered designs are protected between ten to 15 years.
However, you can register the overall visual appearance or look of a product you’ve designed to stop people copying or stealing it. In some case the appearance of your product may result from a combination of elements such as shapes, colours and materials – and it is important to register these designs. For example, you must register a design to protect 2-dimensional designs such as graphics, textiles and wallpaper.
How to apply
In Scotland, you can apply for a patent at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).