—(1) Subject to this section, the designer of a design shall be treated for the purposes of this Act as the owner of the design.
(2) Where a design is created in pursuance of a commission for money or money’s worth, the person commissioning the design shall be treated as the owner of the design.
(3) Where, in a case not falling within subsection (2), a design is created by an employee in the course of his employment, his employer shall be treated as the owner of the design.
(4) Subsections (2) and (3) are subject to any agreement to the contrary between the parties concerned.
(5) Where a design, or the right to apply a design to any article, becomes vested, whether by assignment, transmission or operation of law, in any person other than the owner, either alone or jointly with the owner, that other person or, as the case may be, the owner and that other person, shall be treated for the purposes of this Act as the owner of the design or as the owner of the design in relation to that article.
(6) In the case of a design generated by computer in circumstances such that there is no human designer, the person by whom the arrangements necessary for the creation of the design are made shall be deemed to be the designer.
[UK Designs 1949, s. 2; HK Designs, s. 3]