18 January 2024
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We are pleased to launch our latest special report Design Rights: A powerful tool in the IP armoury,  which provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and leveraging design rights within your intellectual property portfolio. In it we explore the types and scope of protection offered by design rights, their strategic value, and key considerations for registration and filing location.

Recognising the power of design rights in practice, we also outline strategies for integrating them to bolster broader IP protections and implementing proactive enforcement strategies to combat potential infringements.

Putting theory into context, we detail real-world case studies of how the team has successfully harnessed design rights to the benefit of their clients. We also consider the landscape for regulatory and market changes that will impact the future of design rights systems in the UK and EU.

Christoph Moeller, Partner, Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis, said:


"Though sometimes relegated to the backlines of the intellectual property arsenal, design rights are a powerful tool in any company's strategic IP portfolio. Offering practicality, protection, and potential,  the appeal lies in their remarkable versatility; affordability, speed to obtain, flexibility and ability to grant broad, product-specific protections that cannot be provided by other IP rights.

"Following a spate of high-profile copycat disputes, design rights' commercial value lies in their protection against and deterrent to infringement. This, in turn, translates to tangible value at the bargaining table, ensuring designs are positioned as a lucrative asset when wooing investors or securing funding.
 
"While UK-EU design rights system harmonization remains high, post-Brexit regulatory changes and advances in technology have triggered welcome reform including greater simplicity and support for innovators and the protection for cutting-edge technology. These changes will see design rights offer broader scope and stronger safeguards than before, making them a central pillar in building a competitive moat around new products."

 

 

3 page spread - Design Rights Special Report

 

Design Rights: A powerful tool in the IP armoury – new special report

This report provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and leveraging design rights within your intellectual property portfolio.

It explores the types and scope of protection offered by design rights, their strategic value, and key considerations for registration and filing location.

Recognising the power of design rights in practice, we also outline strategies for integrating them to bolster broader IP protections and implementing proactive enforcement strategies to combat potential infringements.

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Jacqueline is a member of the firms Marketing and BD team. She is a marketing and business development manager responsible for the firm’s profile-raising activity and practice group marketing and BD. She works primarily with the Chemistry and Legal practice groups and also manages other firmwide projects.
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