It isn’t enough just to focus on the finished product. We believe the protection of designs – whether the appearance of the whole or a part of your product – can play an important part in your commercial growth and success.
Registering designs is a cost-effective way of stopping others from manufacturing, importing or selling a product that has the same or similar appearance to yours, for up to twenty-five years. Protecting your designs can mean product designs or design features such as product shape, labels or decoration.
Our attorneys bring a fresh, commercial, practical approach to registering designs. Not only can we help to protect existing designs but we’ll work, as if a part of your in-house team, to identify and protect future design rights across multiple jurisdictions as well as defending against competitor encroachment.
Whether you need help understanding which features can be protected, decisions on jurisdictions for registration, registered and unregistered design rights, navigating the rules on disclosure, the impact of disclosure and grace periods, protection strategies, searches for existing design rights and scope or wider commercial advice on how to exploit your design rights, Barnes IP offers an alternative to the traditional ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to advice.
“Philip is really easy to work with. We agreed on the scope of work on a no-nonsense call on Friday, he turned it around on Monday and is super-responsive to follow on questions.”
CHIEF OF STAFF, Optimal