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A high-profile design rights dispute has prompted designers to file less detailed, non-colour, drawings of their designs to the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) when applying for design rights protection, an expert has said. 10 Mar 2016
The EU's General Court has rejected a bid by Coca-Cola to register the shape of bottles as a trade mark in the European community. 25 Feb 2016
Design rights are often overlooked by businesses seeking to protect their intellectual investment in new products or new technologies.
Applications are filed at the Community Designs Office, known as OHIM ( Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market ).
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.
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.
The "significant cost savings" that the UK government will see from allowing businesses to register and renew registered designs via a new digital service are to be passed on to companies, the UK's intellectual property minister has announced. 08 Jan 2016
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has appointed an executive to help fight the sale of fake goods on its site. 23 Dec 2015
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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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