If you have created a product with a new appearance, then a design registration, rather than a patent, may be the best way to protect it. Registration of a design can be a relatively cost-effective way of stopping others from, for example, manufacturing, importing and/or selling, a product having the same or similar appearance to the registered design. The protection can last for up to 25 years.
We file Community Designs giving protection throughout the European Union, and U.K. Registered Designs for protection in the UK only. We can also obtain design protection for your product in other countries throughout the world, using our network of foreign attorneys.
We can advise you on avoiding infringement of registered design rights held by others and infringement of your rights by competitors. See also our commercial initiatives page and our IP disputes page.