Rav lives in Dover, England. He is a graphic design artist who works as an independent contractor for
startup mobile phone manufacturers. During a slow period when he was not working on client
assignments, Rav created on his computer an original graphic design for a cellphone user interface. The
interface consists of a search bar and ten icons (each individually created by Rav using the GNU Image
Manipulation Program (GIMP) that correspond to different phone functions, set against an abstract
background. Rav is not a computer programmer and has only designed the interface appearance. When
the design is used in a mobile phone, professional programmers (i.e., not Rav) will write the software
associated with each image’s function.
Rav believes that his images and overall design are valuable, and he hopes to sell them to a mobile phone
manufacturer. He wants to know what intellectual property rights he has or can obtain to provide the
broadest protection possible for them. Advise Rav regarding his ownership of or ability to acquire
copyright and design rights. For each right discussed, explain the nature and extent of the protection
provided. Your answer should not exceed 700 words.