There are a number of ways in which Designs can be protected

When time and money have been spent perfecting the aesthetics of a product, you need to make sure it won’t be copied. Working with us means you’ll have the confidence of knowing that your designs are in safe hands.

We have a wealth of experience in the preparation and filing of applications for design protection in both European and globally.  We often work in fields that don’t have an obvious need for design protection, and our clients have found considerable benefits from including design registrations in their IP portfolio alongside both patents and trade marks.

If you need help to review your IP assets, together with any related risks and opportunities we offer IP Audits to assess your existing IP portfolio, providing strategic advice and guidance along the way.  In addition we also offer an in-house design renewal fee service.

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Every aspect of your Design protected

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Filing a Design Application

We can advise about the options for filing applications for Registered Community Designs, as well as UK and German design applications.  We can work with you to ensure the drawings filed reflect the designs that need to be protected, whether these are designs for products, Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) or icons (including novel trade marks).

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Invalidity Actions

Our design team also has a proven track record at successfully handling invalidity actions at the EUIPO, both defending our clients’ rights and attacking the rights of others.  Such actions can be a cost-effective way of providing freedom to launch your own products, as well as part of larger dispute situations.

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Unregistered Design Rights

We can help you use the EU and UK regimes for Unregistered Design Rights effectively where registered protection has not been obtained.  Sometimes we may advise against filing for registration where products are short-lived or are made in so many variations that registered protection is not effective.  Unregistered rights often prove useful as part of a dispute situation.

We work at all stages of the IP lifecycle

PROTECT

Drafting, Filing & Prosecution
Portfolio Management
Searching & Watching
Renewals & EP Validations

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DEFEND

Pre-action Advice
Oppositions & Appeals
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution

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EXPLOIT

Strategic Advice
Commercial Issues
Transactions
Corporate Support

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Why choose our Design specialists

Our team of attorneys based both in the UK and Germany have long experience in protecting their clients designs as part of a commercial strategy, using the varied tools that the different registered and unregistered designs schemes provide.  They have expertise in the protection of designs around the globe working with specialist attorneys in the relevant jurisdiction to achieve the best protection possible, realising that protecting a design globally is best planned from the initial filing.  Our team includes attorneys who have inputted into legislative changes, worked on products featured in the Olympic Games, and enforced on AmazonTM.

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