Designs & Copyright

The value of designs (both registered and unregistered) and copyright is often overlooked in IP portfolios. Yet they are quick and relatively inexpensive to obtain and can be an extremely powerful way of stopping others from using the same or a very similar design. A key advantage is that they can often be used long before a patent is granted or a trade mark is registered.

We have a great deal of experience of advising on design issues as part of our work helping clients to generate maximum value from their IP.

For registered designs, we can conduct online searches to provide an initial opinion on registrability and we are authorised to file before the UK and European Community Offices. We also consider the international picture, including the use of the international Hague Agreement.

For unregistered designs and copyright, we routinely advise on whether a work qualifies and how best to confirm the date of creation if ownership rights are claimed.

If you would like to know more about our experience in this area or discuss a specific case, please start by contacting a member of our team.


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Case closed – Trunki appeal unsuccessful

Magmatic, the makers of the original "ride-on" children’s luggage, known as TRUNKI, have failed to enforce their Registered Community Design, against competitor Kiddee.

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