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Design right: from investment to creativity for “industrial copyright”

Johnson, Phillip ORCID: 2023. Design right: from investment to creativity for “industrial copyright”. Bonadio, Enrico and Goold, Patrick, eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Investment-Driven Intellectual Property, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 329-340.

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The origins of design right are closely tied to industrial copyright and the protection of functional articles. When Parliament created the new intellectual property right it did so using the language of investment rather than creativity. Yet as design right evolved it became more like its creative sibling copyright, but in a crowded field of rights protecting designs it retains its value by remaining the only design right which can protect the functional. This is the story of design right and how it became creative.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108839198
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 March 2023
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2023 01:30

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