United Kingdom Designs (Protection) Act

(Original Enactment: Ordinance 17 of 1938)

(30th March 1987)
An Act for the protection in Singapore of designs registered in the United Kingdom.
[16th September 1938]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the United Kingdom Designs (Protection) Act.
Protection of United Kingdom designs
2.  Subject to the provisions of this Act, the registered proprietor of any design registered in the United Kingdom under the Registered Designs Act 1949 [U.K. 1949 c. 88] or any Act amending or substituted for that Act, or any person deriving his right from such registered proprietor by assignment, transmission, or other operation of law, shall enjoy in Singapore the like privileges and rights as though the certificate of registration in the United Kingdom had been issued with an extension to Singapore.
3.  The registered proprietor of a design shall not be entitled to recover any damages in respect of any infringement of copyright in a design from any defendant who proves that at the date of the infringement he was not aware nor had any reasonable means of making himself aware of the existence of the registration of the design:
Provided that nothing in this section shall affect any proceedings for an injunction.
Power of Court
4.  The High Court shall have power upon the application of any person who alleges that his interests have been prejudicially affected to declare that exclusive privileges and rights in a design have not been acquired in Singapore under the provisions of this Act upon any of the grounds upon which the United Kingdom registration might be cancelled under the law for the time being in force in the United Kingdom.
5.  A certificate purporting to be under the hand of the Comptroller-General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks of the United Kingdom shall be prima facie evidence of the registration of any design in the United Kingdom and of any particulars contained in the certificate.