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