Intellectual Property (IP) is not a field that features high on career wish lists for children at school.
Design protection can provide in many countries a quick and efficient way to protect product appearance. Factors such as where you are trading and which markets are commercially important are likely to be key factors in planning your design registrations, so a cost efficient and effective protection strategy needs careful planning. And if you are looking to extend your portfolio through acquisition, we can assist with due diligence. Indelible IP are here to work with your business to ensure that you have a relevant, cost efficient and effective protection strategy. To find out how we can assist please get in touch.
One of the strongest ways to protect the appearance of your product design, product packaging and get up is through design registration. In the UK, from 1 October 2014 it became a criminal offence to intentionally copy a design protected by registration. In the UK and EU design protection can be sought for a short period after public launch, but this is not the case in many other countries so it is strongly advisable to seek protection prior to making a design public. Registered design protection should be sought in each country where you intend to sell your product, and it is certainly worth focusing on those commercially important countries where it would cause a problem to your business if someone was to copy your product design. Indelible IP can assist with protecting your design in the UK, EU and elsewhere around the world, depending on your business needs. To find out more please get in touch.
Design registrations are generally valid for a maximum period of 25 years, depending upon the country, with renewal fees payable usually every 5 years. Indelible IP can assist with ensuring renewal of your registered designs to ensure that your rights continue uninterrupted. To find out more about our renewal services please get in touch.
Disputes & Enforcement
Whilst no-one ever wants to end up in a dispute, it does unfortunately happen. Indelible IP are here to assist if you have reason to enforce, or defend your position. To find out how we can assist please get in touch.