Registering your design gives distinct advantages over relying on any unregistered design protection which may be available, and in many countries it is the only way to protect a design.
Registering a design enables you to prevent third parties from making products to the same design or making a design which is too close to your registered design, under the law of the territory in which your design is registered, whether or not there is any copying.
Enforcing a registered design against infringement and copying is usually more straightforward than relying on unregistered rights.
Registering a design also enables you to obtain a longer term of protection compared to unregistered rights.
Wilson Gunn can advise on all aspects of intellectual property protection. Please get in touch to speak to a member of our team about design protection.