Our Services

We provide a full range of services relating to unregistered and registered designs, and copyright, including:

Prior to filing an application for a registered design

Advising as to whether a design may be protected by unregistered Community rights, or UK design right;
Advising as to the registrability of new designs.

Design applications

Preparing design applications;
Filing and prosecuting design applications in the UKIPO, EUIPO, or WIPO;
With the cooperation of foreign attorneys, filing and prosecuting applications abroad.

Designs

Advising as to the validity and infringement of design registrations and possible unregistered rights;
Attending to the renewal of designs worldwide.

Copyright

Advising as to the existence, scope, ownership and enforcement of copyright.

Commercial and general

Assigning and licensing design applications, registrations and unregistered rights:

  • Including advising on the IP aspects of a proposed agreement and attending to the registration of transactions and transfers worldwide;

Advising as to design and copyright entitlement;
Advising and developing design filing strategies, including assisting with budgeting;
Managing design and copyright portfolios;
Undertaking due diligence investigations:

  • For example, identifying the registered and unregistered rights in designs, and copyright amongst assets included in a transaction, checking their status and their ownership, and where required investigating the validity of the design registrations;

Undertaking IP Audits:

  • This includes identifying all of the existing IP of a business, establishing the ownership of the IP, and identifying any necessary or recommended steps to further safeguard the identified rights.  Government funding of up to £3000 is available to UK businesses wishing to have an audit undertaken.

Beck Greener performs IP audits under Growth Accelerator.

Disputes

Acting in validity and infringement disputes whether at a Patent Office or in the courts;
Acting in invalidity and appeal proceedings at EUIPO and the CJEU;
Acting in proceedings at UKIPO;
Managing litigation in multiple jurisdictions.