Regina v Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal, Ex Parte Ford Motor Company Ltd: HL 14 Dec 1994

Car parts which had no effect on appearance and were merely parts were not registerable as Registered Designs.
The section applies only to items of design which will have their own independent use, and not only as part of a larger item. Registration was refused for the part in this case.


Lord Keith, Lord Ackner, Lord Goff, Lord Mustill, Lord Slynn


Gazette 22-Feb-1995, Times 16-Dec-1994, (1995) RTR 68, (1995] 1 WLR 18, [1994] UKHL 10, [1995] RPC 167




Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 sch4, Registered Designs Act 1949 1(1) 44(1)

Intellectual Property

Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.87616