Design protection concerns the visual appearance of products and their packaging. For more information on what can be protected see our IP guide.

Our attorneys are able to advise in relation to all aspects of registered and unregistered design protection.

We can advise you on what protection may be available and appropriate, and on the ownership of any rights. It is often overlooked that design protection can form a useful adjunct to patent or trade mark protection.

We prepare and file applications to register designs directly at the UK Designs Registry and the Community Designs Office (OHIM), 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 advise on infringement, whether an infringement of your rights by a third party or a possible infringement of a third party’s rights by you. Often closely linked to infringement is the issue of validity, on which we also advise. We can file and prosecute actions to invalidate third party design protection.

Both registered and unregistered design protection may be licensed and we can advise on, negotiate and help draft design licences.

We always get to know our clients’ business objectives, so we are able to provide commercially focused advice on your designs.

To find out how we can help your business, contact us now.


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