Filing & prosecuting applications

The preparation and filing of a design application can be fundamental for a business. Without the complexity, or cost, of patent examination, registered designs can provide a cost-effective and quick route to exclusive protection for the way a new product looks.

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We will advise as to how best to represent the design in an application to ensure that commercially valuable and appropriate protection can be achieved.

A first stage in the process, is understanding your product, the commercial environment and your reasons for seeking design registration. We will discuss with you the details of the product, listening to what you have to say about it.

We will advise you as to where it makes commercial sense to file your application to achieve the best return on any investment in design protection.

Prosecution of designs in the UK and EU is usually minimal but if necessary, we will guide you through any objections raised to obtain registration for your designs.

We also advise on validity and infringement of design registrations and possible unregistered rights where appropriate.

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