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Designs are important. Whether you have designed the latest must-have mobile phone, dress, engine or teacup, designs pervade the work of innovative companies and their products.
Registered designs and unregistered design rights can protect a huge range of products, ranging from the aesthetic to the functional.
Headed by Richard Worthington, the Designs group has a wealth of expertise across many industries. We believe designs are more than just supplemental to patents and trade marks; used properly they can be the backbone of your IP strategy and a valuable asset to your company.
The members of the group have individual experience in working with a large number of companies in fields such as product design, engineering, fashion and packaging. We have extensive experience in obtaining protection in the UK, Europe and further afield, such as so-called “design patents” in the USA and China.
We have also acted for various clients in design litigation, in respect of both unregistered and registered rights. Litigators in our Contentious Practice Group team are able to represent our clients in a highly cost effective manner.
We believe that understanding our client’s design is key to providing the best and broadest protection. We will not simply act as an intermediary between you and the registration authorities. Instead, we will work with you to identify the key features of your design, and tailor your registered design applications to ensure that it is those important features that are protected.
If you are concerned about third party registered designs and design rights we can also provide you with freedom to operate searches and analysis.
Community registered designs and US design patents are being litigated with increasing frequency. We aim to be at the forefront of the developing law by reviewing the latest cases as they are published. This allows our advice to reflect how design protection is interpreted by the courts.
For further information please contact the group's lead attorney: