Guide

Design right and registration

How to register a design

You can register a design in a number of ways, depending on where you want the registration to apply.

Registering a design in the UK

You will have to file an application with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register your design in the UK. You can register your design online.

To register your design, you will need to:

  • include up to 12 illustrations (or more if you are applying by post)
  • pay a registration fee
  • have a credit or debit card to complete the payment (if you’re applying online)

See how to prepare illustrations.

How much does it cost to register a design?

The application fee for design registration is:

  • £50 for your first design
  • £70 for up to 10 designs
  • £90 for up to 20 designs
  • £110 for up to 30 designs
  • £130 for up to 40 designs
  • £150 for up to 50 designs

Find out more about registered designs.

Registering a design in the EU

Applications for registered community designs (RCDs) are filed at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The easiest way to file an application is to apply online, although other ways are possible.

Your application must include:

  • a depiction of the design, eg a drawing or photograph
  • a fee payment – from €350 for a single design

Learn how to register designs in the EU or read more about registered community designs.

Important: When the UK leaves the EU, the holders of registered community designs that have been registered prior to exit will automatically be granted a comparable registered design right in the United Kingdom. This grant will come into force as soon as the UK leaves, and will be treated as if it had been applied for and registered under UK law. Find out more about continued protection of registered community designs in the UK after Brexit.

Registering a design overseas

The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs allows you to simultaneously apply for a design in many different countries or territories through a single application. Read more about the Hague system.

Advice on design registration

Design registration can be complex - trade mark attorneys and patent attorneys are lawyers who specialise in this area. Find a registered patent attorney or a qualified trade mark attorney in your area.

You can also seek advice about intellectual property (IP) protection from Invest Northern Ireland's IP advisers.