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Registered designs, which can be filed as either aesthetic designs or as functional designs, protect the appearance of articles, and could be a powerful, cost-effective mechanism for protecting visual aspects of novel articles. Our team of design law experts advises on and protects designs for a wide range of clients operating in all major technical fields.

We can offer the following design services:

  • Novelty, freedom-to-operate and validity advice
  • Proprietor and inventor searches
  • Preparation, filing and prosecution to registration of local and foreign design applications
  • Local and foreign design renewals
  • Assignments and licensing of designs
  • Recordal of proprietor change of name and/or address
  • Design infringement proceedings and related litigation
  • Assist clients to design around third-party rights so to avoid infringement
  • Design valuations
  • Design portfolio management