In the context of IP rights, the “design” of a product relates to the styling or appearance of the product only, and not to any technical aspect of how it works.
If you have invested in the design of your product, then you will need to protect your investment by registering the design. If your markets extend beyond the UK, this may involve overseas design protection as well.
There are time limits for obtaining protection, and you can lose out if you do not act within these limits. Presenting your application for protection in the right way can make the difference between obtaining valuable protection or very little.
We can handle the whole procedure for you, from preparing suitable representations of the design through filing the application, in the UK or Europe, or in other countries using our network of qualified local associates.
Industrial designs – machines, for example – are protected by a special form of copyright known as unregistered design right.
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