Protecting a design


We offer full UK and European Design Attorney services. Design protection focuses on the appearance of an object rather than how it functions (see patents). So called unregistered rights (similar to copyright) exist the moment a design is created.

More extensive protection can be sought for original designs by making an application for a registered design. UK residents have in the past frequently filed UK registered design applications, but are now increasingly seeing Community (EU) Designs as offering much better value. For a Community Design application we offer a substantial discount in the case of multiple designs (all filed at the same time). Once granted such registered designs can, subject to the payment of periodic renewal fees, provide protection for up to 25 years.