We offer comprehensive advice on the protection of
product design and design features, including labels, product shape and
At the development stage, we help you identify and safeguard potential
future design rights and navigate the rules on disclosure and grace periods
with an eye to achieving protection. We can secure the right protection in
the countries that matter to you, and aid in enforcing those rights, whether
registered or unregistered, against competitor encroachment. We have
internationally recognised expertise in handling U.K. and European designs,
and assist in design protection and enforcement worldwide.
Many countries have design registration systems
similar to that of the UK. Usually, protection must be sought before the
design has been published.
Under the Paris Convention, there is a period of 6 months from the date on
which the first filed application was filed in which to apply to
participating countries for protection. Successful applications of this type
will have the priority date backdated to that of the first filed
The Benelux countries have a uniform design registration system which
provides for a single registration when seeking registration in Belgium, The
Netherlands and Luxembourg. However, the introduction of the 6 registered
Community design, makes the Benelux system of reduced practical importance
in most cases.