When should I file?

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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. Over the years, UDL 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.

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To be valid, the design features must be ‘new’ and have ‘individual character’ at the date of filing the application to register the design. A design is considered to be new if it has not already been made publicly available anywhere in the world.

However, earlier use or publication of a design which would not reasonably have been known in Europe, or any publication of the same design by the applicant in the 12 months immediately before filing the application, will be ignored when considering whether the design is new. While there is a 12-month ‘grace period’ to file, from first public disclosure by the applicant, we recommended filing an application to register a design as soon as possible (e.g. before the first sale of a product incorporating the design).

How we can help

We’ll advise you on whether a design will met these requirements and whether there has been any prior disclosure which could affect the validity of any registrations you obtain.

Key people

Meet some of our designs team.

Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Cardiff

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner - London | Milton Keynes

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Mark Green

Partner - London

Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner - London

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