Design rights play an important role in the IP portfolios across a range of industry sectors, often supplementing patent and trade mark protection.

The services in this area, provided by a dedicated team of designs specialists, include:

  • Searching and preliminary advice - to assess prior rights, establish freedom to use the design and assess its registrability.
  • Registration and prosecution of the design - advising on the application process and dealing with objections raised by third parties.
  • Alignment with other rights - considering how the registered design can work with patents and trade marks to create a canopy of IP protection for key product lines.
  • Infringement – strategic and pre-litigation advice including cease and desist letters.

We also have specific expertise in relation to copyright, advising on the subsistence, ownership and infringement of copyright in:

  • Packaging design and marketing get-up
  • Product and marketing literature
  • Design drawings, and
  • Photographs
Our Experts
Patrick Chapman
Patrick Chapman
Location: Bristol (UK)
Philipp Reichl
Philipp Reichl
Location: Munich (Germany)
Michael Conway
Michael Conway
Location: Bristol (UK)
Martin Krause
Martin Krause
Location: Bristol (UK)
Andrew Flaxman
Andrew Flaxman
Location: Bristol (UK)

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