Design rights by Matt Ottewill

It is possible to copyright the design of a product or web site etc. This definition is from the UK Intellectual Property Office ...

A registered design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or part of a product, resulting particularly from the features of lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and materials of a product or its ornamentation.

These designs could be anything from patterns on textiles or plates to the shape of a car or the design of part of a product, such as a kettle handle.

UK readers can find out more at ...