Designs

Is the Hague System Underused by Design Applicants?

The latest Hague Yearly Review [1] of industrial designs filed under the Hague system shows that the number of international applications filed in 2019 increased by 8% compared to 2018. However, the total number of applications filed last year still remains fairly low, at 5,886 – in contrast the UK...

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UK Proposes Reciprocal Generation of Unregistered Design Rights with EU

Under EU design law, products first disclosed in the EU may automatically generate unregistered design rights (UDR), providing protection for their appearance within each EU member state. With the UK’s departure from the EU, it has had to decide how it will respond to the fact that this EU right...

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Don’t Let Fashion Copycats Ride on Your Coattails

As London’s first ever digital fashion week kicks off, we take a look at the problem of imitation goods in the fashion industry and the Intellectual Property tools available for companies to combat the copycats. Imitation goods cost the fashion industry billions each year, diluting and damaging the reputation of...

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Six Things to Consider When Protecting the Design of Your Food and Drink Product

When it comes to protecting the logo, branding and packaging of your food and drink product, often people turn their immediate attention to trade marks, potentially overlooking valuable protection available through registered designs. From industry icons, like the Coke bottle and Cadbury’s purple packaging, through to innovative new-comers, like letterbox-friendly...

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Pinot in the Post – Can Letterbox Friendly Packaging Designs be Protected?

They say necessity is the mother of invention. That may be true, but in this brave new world of social distancing and contactless deliveries, clever product design is also coming to the fore – making it possible to post all sorts of items right through your letter box. In the...

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