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International design applications – protecting your design using The Hague System

The Hague System provides an opportunity for designers and companies to protect their designs in over 60 countries throughout the world, using an “international” design application. An application through The Hague System allows for protection in a large number of territories using only a single application, in single language, having a single set of fees, […]

UK and EU Registered Designs – Factsheet

A registered design is a monopoly right which can protect the overall appearance of the whole or a part of a product. A registered design is additional to any unregistered design right or copyright protection that may exist automatically in a design. The 3D appearance of a product such as shape and configuration, as well […]

The importance of accuracy with RCDs

A recent case Scomadi Ltd & Anr v RA Engineering Co. Ltd at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) referencing two Registered Community Designs (RCD) showed the importance of accurate agreements between parties involved in manufacture and sales. The issues before the judge were breach of contract and infringement relating to three scooter models manufactured […]

Patent or Design?

The coexistence of Patents and Registered Designs often causes confusion about the best mode of protection to seek for a particular product or process. We have outlined the basic differences between a Patent and a Registered Design below, along with some “pros” and “cons” to each, to help you decide which form of protection would […]

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