The EU Council and Commission have announced that they have reached an agreement on proposed changes to European Designs Regulation no. 6/2002 and European Designs Directive 98/71/EC. The Regulation is the legal basis for Registered and Unregistered Community Designs, which will be renamed ‘Registered European Union Designs’ (REUDs) and ‘Unregistered European Union Designs’ (UEUDs) respectively. The Directive is implemented by EU Member States to give rise to national registered design rights.
The agreement follows proposals made in November 2022 by the Commission to update the Directive and Regulation, which are both now over 20-years old. The planned changes still need to be formally approved by the European Parliament. Read more