We offer comprehensive advice on the protection of
product design and design features, including labels, product shape and
At the development stage, we help you identify and safeguard potential
future design rights and navigate the rules on disclosure and grace periods
with an eye to achieving protection. We can secure the right protection in
the countries that matter to you, and aid in enforcing those rights, whether
registered or unregistered, against competitor encroachment. We have
internationally recognised expertise in handling U.K. and European designs,
and assist in design protection and enforcement worldwide.
To be eligible for protection, designs must be new
and must have an individual character.
In operation, Community designs registered by OHIM will ensure protection in
all EU members states. Holders of registered Community designs have
exclusive rights to use the design and prevent third parties from using it
anywhere within the European union. Proprietors are be protected against
deliberate copying and independent development of similar designs.
Registered Community designs are very cost effective, since they cover all
European Union member states in a single registration. Further, for several
designs of a same product type, multiple designs can be included in the same
application, provided all the designs are included at the same time. This
means that the cost of registration per design per country within the
European Community can be low.
Additionally, as new member states join the European Union, registered
Community designs are automatically extended to cover those new territories
without any further registration procedure.
For registered Community designs, protection
subsists for a maximum of 25 years with renewal required every 5 years from
COMMUNITY REGISTERED DESIGN
An application for a Community registered design
may be filed by any natural or legal person and can include more than one
design if the products to which the design is primarily intended to be
applied are within the same classification.
In order to put an application on file at the
Community Design Office (OHIM) and establish a filing date we would look to
receive the following:
- Full name and address of applicant (s);
- At least one representation of each design;
- An indication of the product to which each design is intended to be
- Confirmation as to whether deferred publication is required;
- Number, country and date of priority application (if applicable).
In due course, to complete the filing
requirements we will need:
- Identification of the designer or team of designers;
- Certified copy of priority document and verified translation (if
The earlier this information is supplied
however, the quicker the application can proceed.