DESIGN DIRECTIVE

Keith Nuthall
TEXTILE designs are to receive uniform legal protection across the European Union in the future because of the agreement by the EU Council of Ministers of a new Regulation on the subject; it accords designers legal protection from the theft of their ideas, short of patent or copyright protection, but significant enough to deter plagiarists.

A European Commission statement said the law was a "long awaited legal instrument which is necessary for the protection of creations and investments." It added: "Industrial designs have become ...


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