The main purpose of design law is to protect the design element of industrial production and to promote innovative activity in the field of industries. In 1842, George Bruce was awarded the first design patent for fonts.
What is a design under designs law?
The creator of the design owns any rights in it, the exception being where the work was commissioned or created during the course of employment, where the rights belong to the employer or the party who commissioned the work.
What are unregistered design rights?
Unregistered design rights are automatic and are treated
in the similar manner as copyright.
The copyright protects documents detailing the design as well as any artistic or literary work incorporated within the finished product and the design right focuses more on the shape, construction and configuration of a product.