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'Design' is a broad term capturing look, shape, surface patterns, graphic works and functional aspects of a product, which are in turn protected though one or more forms of IP: design rights, copyright, trade marks and patents.

Specific design rights that exist in the UK & EU are 'registered designs' which cover lines, contours, colours, materials, texture and shape, and 'unregistered design rights' which only cover three dimensional articles, but not surface decoration or patterns.

Working closely with product development teams, R&D departments and designers in diverse fields from fashion to aerospace we advise on design protection strategy, obtaining and exploiting the requisite rights as well as protecting those rights both nationally and internationally.

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