Registered designs may be used simply to protect a design that has intrinsic commercial value. Sometimes, however, they can play an important part in your wider IP strategy.
They can be used to protect a logo concept that may ultimately form the basis of a trade mark. At the design registration stage its application need not be restricted to a particular class of goods, which can be of great benefit in merchandising.
We register designs with the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). We can also advise you on tactical and commercial issues such as prior disclosure of a design, ownership of design rights (registered or otherwise) and deferral of design publication.
On completion of the design filing programme, our in-house search team can be instructed to watch for new applications and registrations, filed in a particular Locarno classification or in the name of a particular company.