We've filed more than 10,000 registered designs.

There are various routes to protect new designs. In the UK and EU there are registered designs, unregistered designs and copyright, all of which can be used to prevent unauthorised reproduction of your designs. We’ll advise you on whether your products are entitled to protection and which forms of protection you can use in the UK, EU and around the world. We’ll also advise on the scope of third party design rights, so that you don’t infringe someone else’s rights.

Client Testimonial
We have worked with UDL for nearly 20 years protecting designs, copyright, brands, trade marks and to help with commercial IP issues we have faced in the UK, Europe and the wider global market. UDL, over the years, has taken time to really get to know our business and the issues that we face day to day. We have always found UDL to be very approachable and attentive in all matters. Advice is always extremely commercially focussed and relevant to our business objectives.

Factory Eleven

Our services:

  • Design review and pre-filing advice
  • Filing design applications in the UK, Europe and internationally
  • Navigating the design application process through to acceptance
  • Design litigation
  • Monitoring and maintaining a designs portfolio with strategic review and advice
  • Defending designs from third party challenges, including opposition and revocation proceedings
  • Infringement opinions and advice on enforcing design rights
  • Advising on commercial agreements such as assignments, licences, securities and co-ownership issues

We've got it covered

Click on the sections below to find out more about registered designs and how we can help.

What can be protected with a registered design

You can protect aspects of the design of your product including its shape and/or decoration.

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When to file a design

To be valid, the design features must be ‘new’ and have ‘individual character’ at the date of filing the application to register the design.

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How to protect a design

Registered design protection is available for the outward appearance or ornamentation of the whole or a part of a product.

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Filing a design internationally

Designs are territorial and only provide protection in the country in which they are registered.

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Case studies

Case Study

Vintage Enterprises

For the love of cheese

Shape marks are notoriously difficult to protect. Find out how we secured a trade mark for one farm’s signature, heart-shaped cheese.

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Case Study

La Hacienda

Opposing a copycat product

What can you do when a competitor is selling (and has registered a design for) a product that copies one of your own?

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Case Study

Escape Fitness

The advantage of combining design and patent protection

If you spot a competitor selling a product identical to your own and you have both design and patent protection, you can take immediate legal action.

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Blog posts

Designs

21-03-2018

The UK joins the Hague System for international industrial designs

Companies and rights owners in the UK can now use the Hague System to register industrial designs.

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Designs

24-08-2018

Get your priorities right! — Proposed changes to the EUIPO Design Guidelines explained

This is a must-read for anyone looking to file a design application.

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Designs

27-07-2016

Designs jump back into copyright

UK copyright and design law is being aligned with European law.

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Key people

Meet some of our designs team.

Cardiff

Dr Alan Jones

Partner
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London

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner
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London

Edith Penty Geraets

Patent Attorney

Leeds

Gareth Price

Partner
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Newcastle

Ian Byworth

Partner
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London

Mark Green

Partner

London

Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner
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