The UK Intellectual Property Office, the body which is responsible for maintaining the registers of intellectual property rights in the UK, is consulting on harmonising the laws relating to the infringement of registered designs so that it is the same whether or not the infringement is of a UK registered design or a Community Registered Design.
The situation as it stands is that financial remedies are available for unintentional infringement of Community registered designs, but not for unintentionally infringing UK registered designs.
The proposed remedy is either that there be no right to damages or account of profits for either or financial compensation for both. The consultation will be open until 21 March 2011 and can be found by clicking here.
Earlier posts here