We can guide you through the range of ways to protect the visual appearance of your product or an element of it. We have extensive experience across all the options, from Registered Design protection to Unregistered Design Right and Copyright. We know how these rights interact and the best way of working with you to secure the optimum protection.

We prepare Registered Design applications in the UK, in the European Community and around the world. Your needs are covered, from filing and prosecution to dealing with any objections that may arise before official registration of the design.

Infringement and validity

Designs
The visual appearance of a product or part of a product may be protected quite separately from how that product works, or the name under which it is sold. A number of different forms of protection are available, including Registered Design protection, Unregistered Design Right and Copyright. We always get to know our clients’ business objectives, so we are able to provide commercially focused advice on designs. We do this by working alongside our clients so they can be sure that the advice we offer, in terms of what protection is available or appropriate and on ownership rights of any kind, is commercially relevant. Our attorneys are equipped to advise you on the complex interaction between these sometimes competing rights, and to help you obtain appropriate protection.

Registration

Registered design applications
We prepare and file applications to register designs directly at the UK Designs Registry and at the Community Designs Office (EUIPO), and deal with all matters required to obtain registered design protection. Through our network of foreign associates we can secure design protection in all other countries where relevant laws exist.

We also advise on infringement, whether an infringement of our client’s rights by a third party or a possible infringement of a third party’s rights by our client. We have the depth of experience to offer advice on validity, which is often linked to infringement, and we have enviable success rates when we file and prosecute actions to invalidate third party design rights.