Registered Design Assignment
Designs form an important part of the intellectual property portfolios of
many businesses, particularly those engaged in inventive or creative
pursuits. In common with other assets, registered designs can be sold in
their entirety (assigned) or licensed, subject to whatever terms and
conditions the parties may wish to agree upon. Under Section 15B(3) of the
Registered Designs Act 1949, if a registered design is assigned, the
assignment must be done in writing and must be signed by, or on behalf of
This Registered Design Assignment provides for the transfer of registered
design ownership. The terms of this assignment allow for a single design or
When assigning a registered design, certain formalities in addition to the
agreement itself must be observed. As soon as is reasonably possible after
the assignment of the registered design is complete, a Form DF12A must be
completed and submitted to the Intellectual Property Office along with
evidence of the transaction (this assignment agreement, for example). Form
DF12A and all other designs forms are available from the
Intellectual Property Office website.
A number of undertakings on the part of the assignor are provided for in
this document, including the obligation to assist the assignee in practical
and legal matters relating to the assigned designs. Warranties are also
provided, ensuring the validity of the assignment and providing reassurance
for the assignee.
The registered designs are referenced in the template and must be defined
in a schedule. Great care should be taken when completing the schedule.
Full and complete details of the design(s) to be assigned should be
included to the extent that it should be possible to obtain all information
necessary concerning the design(s) relevant to the assignment from the
schedule alone without further reference to additional documents.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be
read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused
options should be removed from the document.
This Registered Design Assignment contains the following clauses:
1. Definitions and Interpretation
3. Fee and Payment
5. Further Assistance
6. Assignor’s Warranties
7. Assignee’s Warranties
9. Assignment of Agreement
11. Force Majeure
12. No Waiver
14. Law and Jurisdiction
And the following schedule:
1. The Design(s)
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