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Government to revisit timing of extension to copyright term for industrially produced artistic works

The UK government has revoked legislation which would have given effect to the extension of copyright protection available to designers of artistic works made by industrial process. 28 Jul 2015

Luxury brand owner sues Alibaba over counterfeit goods

Paris-based Kering, which owns luxury goods brands including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, has filed a lawsuit seeking damages and an injunction for alleged violations of trademark and racketeering laws from Chinese online giant Alibaba, according... 18 May 2015

Out-Law Guides

  • How design rights can add value to a business

    Design rights are often overlooked by businesses seeking to protect their intellectual investment in new products or new technologies.

  • Registering a design in the UK

    Applications are filed at the United Kingdom Designs Registry which is a part of the UK Intellectual Property Office, an executive division of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills.

  • Designs: the basics

    A registered design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture, materials of the product or its ornamentation. 

  • Registering a design in the EU

    Applications are filed at the Community Designs Office, known as OHIM ( Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market ).

Industry 4.0 and the technological revolution in manufacturing – developments in Germany

Increasingly sophisticated technology can help manufacturers improve their production processes, enable smarter working and service customers in a more personalised way, providing they navigate a web of legal and regulatory issues. 13 Apr 2015

New UK IP laws might restrict unregistered design rights

UK intellectual property laws which came into force earlier this year might serve to diminish the rights designers have in unregistered designs, according to a judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London. 17 Dec 2014

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Expertise in Designs

Our intellectual property team are experts in the field of design law which, in essence, covers the appearance of any product or the shape or configuration of any article.

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