Design rights protect the visual look and appeal of products and may be unregistered or registered.
Distinctive designs can give your business a competitive edge and distinguish you and your products from others in the market. Rights to a design can be licensed or sold and used to generate income.
There are limits to unregistered design rights and in practice, it can be difficult to protect them. You can improve protection of your design by registering it.
We can advise you on the management of your design rights.
As the owner of a registered design right you have a monopoly right and can prevent anyone else from using the design. You can control and manage how a design is used and exploited. Our lawyers can help you identify potential design rights and advise on ownership.
Before registering a design it is important to find out what is out there already. We can carry out searches and guide you through the registration process whether for a UK design right or a European Community design right.
Once your design is registered we can advise in relation to exploiting and licensing it.
Our Corporate lawyers can advise you on aspects of managing your design rights.
If you find yourself in a design dispute, or you are concerned about infringement, our Dispute Resolution lawyers can advise you on your options and help you take enforcement action if necessary.