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Hampshire, United Kingdom

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Design Right Requirements
Design Right Duration
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Duration of design right

The duration of design right is fifteen years from the end of the calendar year in which the design was first recorded in a design document or an article was first made to the design, whichever occurred first. 

However, the duration can cannot be longer than ten years from the end of the calendar year in which articles made to the design are first made available for sale or hire anywhere in the world by or with the authority of the design right owner. 

Furthermore, during the last five years of the design right term, licences are available as of right. In other words, if the design right owner and a prospective licensee cannot agree the terms of the licence, the prospective licensee can apply to the Patent Office to have the terms of the licence settled.