The Scottish Register of Tartans

19 December 2018
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Copyright and design right

The creator of a design, the designer, is the first owner of the intellectual property rights (IPR) associated with a tartan, except where the design was created during the course of employment, in which case the employer is the first owner. If a design has been commissioned then ownership of the IPR should be clearly allocated in the contract.

2D designs may be subject to copyright as artistic works. Design right may apply to both design documents and to woven tartan.

IPR in the UK have not been devolved. Inclusion of a tartan in the Register indicates that your tartan meets the criteria for registration set out in the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008. No other rights can be conferred. Inclusion of your tartan in the Register however provides evidence of the existence and date of your design.

If you have officially registered your design with the UK or any other Intellectual Property Office, please provide the registration number and the date of registration. If you register your design after your tartan has been included in the Register, please let us know so that we can update the entry.

For further information on registering your Design Right in the UK, please visit the UK Intellectual Property Office.

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