Register, Licence and Protect Your Designs with Briffa

Briffa’s design practice is one of the best in the country. We have an enviable reputation for helping clients build value in their business and protect their vital design assets from theft or partial or full copying.

Registered design rights are a valuable tool that protects the special look of your products and enables you to make money from your work. Get in touch with us if you would like help monetising your designs, protecting your work by filing for registered designs in the UK or further afield, or licensing designs to grow your business. Need immediate assistance with infringement of a registered design? Our highly experienced lawyers can provide the support you require.
You can rely on us if you need specialist design rights advice and we are also a sound choice for the full range of contract or commercial disputes your business may encounter.

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Why Choose Briffa as Your Design Lawyers?

Briffa’s solicitors are experts in all aspects of data protection law. Our IP lawyers have a detailed understanding of design law and experience in the way it works. We can use this knowledge to enhance any design business and have been involved in numerous leading and groundbreaking cases in the field of design. The firm is a recognised leader in this area of law. Cases include Magmatic Limited v PMS International Group Plc (The Trunki Case), Farmers Build v Carriers, Parker v Tidball, Green Lane Designs v PMS Group and Teddy Smith v Next.

Briffa’s IP lawyers have assisted a wide variety of design firms and professionals in protecting their registered design rights. Recent clients include furniture designers, product designers, lighting designers, fashion designers and computer software businesses that produce graphical user interfaces.

How to Register Design Rights in the UK

A UK registered design gives protection for up to twenty-five years as long as the necessary renewals are undertaken every five years. In terms of the scope of registered design protection, designers can protect various aspects of their designs, such as shape, configuration, pattern, materials and both two- dimensional and three-dimensional features of a product or design.

To register and fully protect a design legally, it must be new. Difficulties can arise where it is similar to an existing design. In legal terms, the test is whether similarities are so strong that the differences are immaterial. As you may imagine, this is not always easy to clearly determine, and many legal disputes over designs arise where businesses seek to protect previously unregistered designs. In a competitive marketplace, disputes can arise for tactical and commercial reasons, so it’s worth ensuring you have specialist legal advice from the outset.
Of significant benefit to designers is the fact that a designer has up to 12 months from first exhibiting or marketing their work before making a final decision as to whether to register the work.

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The Difference between Legally Registered Designs and Unregistered Designs

Failing to register a design does not mean that you have no legal rights to protect it. If someone copies your work, you can still take action.

The most significant and practical differences between registered design legal protection and not registering your design are that with a registered design:

  • You will have a longer fixed term of a protection which varies from country to country.
  • Whether a person who copies your design was aware of your design or deliberately copied all or part of it is irrelevant. Registration gives you full protection, whereas with an unregistered design, the position is potentially very different.

By registering your design in the UK and further afield, you cut down on the evidence you need to present to the court which saves you time and money. With a registered design, it is not necessary to show the design has been copied to establish infringement — this is a big advantage in any dispute making registered designs a worthwhile investment.

Examples of Briffa’s Recent Design Rights Work

  • Furniture designers.
  • Lighting designers.
  • Product designs of all sorts – phones, electronics, pet grooming tools, kitchen utensils and machines, kettles, toasters.
  • Fashion – includes accessories, bags, belts, umbrellas.
  • Computer software business for graphical user interfaces.

Key Practice Areas

Briffa’s highly trained team can assist you with a wide range of legal issues, from fixed-fee trade mark and design applications to dealing with IP disputes and drafting contracts. Contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange your free legal assessment.

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About Briffa

Briffa is a firm of leading intellectual property solicitors based in London. We’re creative, transparent and competitively priced — our highly skilled team provides the level of expertise and quick turnaround times you need to ensure your intellectual property and business interests remain protected.

We help clients across a broad range of sectors and we’re experts in brand strategy and IP portfolio management — our team can help your business grow, giving you a competitive edge that increases the value of your business for either investment or eventual sale.

If you would like some FREE advice on protecting your intellectual property and increasing your market share just request a FREE legal assessment with one of our intellectual property solicitors today.

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