Christopher Anderson

Building up EU Design Protection for Modular Systems

  Registered designs exist to protect the aesthetic appearance of products, and as such European Community design law was drafted so as to exclude protection for certain aspects of appearance that would allow for monopolies to be created around purely functional designs. Recent decision T-515/19 by the General Court considered...

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4 Intellectual Property Myths About Designs

  This article was originally published by New Designers. Follow this link to read the full article. There’s a lot to think about when launching a new product – co-ordinating manufacturers, finding stockists and of course marketing. Intellectual property is, perhaps understandably, not front of mind at such a time....

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Inadvertently Design-ed Priority Loophole

  For a European design, the European General Court has ruled in T-579/19 it is possible to claim priority from an earlier filed patent, or at least from an international patent application filed under the PCT, up to 12 months from the patent’s date of filing. German company The KaiKai...

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China Laying the Groundwork to Join the Hague Agreement – and other Designer-Friendly Changes Coming to the Asia-Pacific Region

  Registered designs provide an invaluable mechanism for companies to protect the appearance of their products in countries around the world. A few notable incoming changes to design law in China, Japan and Australia are set to make it easier for companies to obtain and sustain this type of intellectual...

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How to Protect your Designs post Brexit

  The UK’s transitional arrangement with the EU in the wake of its formal exit finally came to an end on 31st December 2020. Companies who have previously relied on registered and unregistered European Community designs to protect their products in the UK now find themselves having to adapt to...

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