What can I protect?

Client Testimonial
“Alison Cole and Edith Penty Geraets listened, advised and then delivered on the correct design certificates for my new toy product. Alison was so knowledgeable on the options open to me. I now feel protected from copying in the UK marketplace. UDL offers a smooth and efficient service. I would most definitely use its services again. I have been so happy with the service I am beyond words really.”

Owner, Surefire Products

You can protect aspects of the design of your product including its shape and/or decoration. Registered designs give exclusive rights for up to 25 years. UK unregistered design rights last 15 years and protect the 3D shape of a product. Community unregistered design rights last three years and protect shape or decoration.

Registered design protection can be obtained for the visual form or appearance of an article and can include lines, contours, colours, shapes, textures, materials or ornamentation of the whole or a part of a product. This includes complex products (which are made of multiple parts), packaging, get up, graphic symbols or icons. A registered design cannot validly protect features of the design which are dictated solely by its function, or which are required to fit to other parts. The design must create a different overall impression when compared with earlier designs in the same area. In assessing whether a design has individual character, the amount of design freedom that the designer had when creating the design will be taken into account.

How we can help

We’re experts in reviewing designs and can advise at an early stage whether a design is suitable for protection. We can apply our understanding of the law to determine whether your design is sufficiently different from the body of existing work in your field of activity to avoid objections being raised.

Key people

Meet some of our designs team.

Cardiff

London

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner

London

Edith Penty Geraets

Patent Attorney

Leeds

Newcastle

London

Mark Green

Partner

London

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