Design And Copyright

Design And Copyright

Some people might consider designs and copyright to be of minor importance but this is wrong.

In fact, designs and copyright are powerful and all-pervasive legal rights. Copyright protects software, written works, drawings, photographs, music, videos, this website, and much more. Design protection is provided for the way products look. Registered designs can be obtained to secure the strongest protection but some protection is available automatically, without registration. Protection is available for 2-D and 3-D designs, and some protection is available for functional designs as well as for aesthetic designs.

We have an outstanding team of experts in designs and copyright. Our team includes registered design attorneys, solicitors and paralegals so that we can deal effectively with any situation that may arise. Our attorneys have excellent legal expertise but just as importantly they have the communication skills and commercial awareness to understand what our clients need, and to deliver superb results, in all of the following areas:

Identification and protection

  • Identifying your requirements and providing the best team to work with you to protect your designs and copyright
  • Working with you to identify your unregistered rights, as well as designs that can be registered
  • Preparing, prosecuting and maintaining registered design rights throughout their lifecycle
  • Managing registered design portfolios to obtain optimal results within an agreed strategic plan and budget
  • Developing copyright and design strategies which maximise financial benefits for our clients.

Competitor and strategic issues

  • Conducting competitor studies and monitoring competitor registered design filings
  • Conducting infringement clearance studies to safeguard your new product launches
  • Advising on validity of competitor design rights
  • Transacting copyright and design rights by negotiating licences in, licences out and IP sales or purchases
  • Developing strategies which maximise financial benefit from our clients’ copyright and design works.


  • Handling invalidity proceedings
  • Managing design and copyright disputes worldwide
  • Defending our clients’ registered designs, challenging those of competitors
  • Advising on ownership disputes related to design and copyright works
  • Negotiating settlement agreements when this is the best course for our clients.
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Our highly dedicated and experienced team of attorneys combine a broad range of legal and technical expertise with real-world commercial insight.

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