Have you designed something new? Perhaps it’s a new cutlery suite or a bottle shape. Maybe it’s an item of jewellery or a design to be applied to a T-shirt. Or it could be a door handle. Whatever your new design, it may be possible for you to obtain the exclusive right to it by seeking registration of the design.
The design must be new at the date of application for registration in order to obtain a valid registration. Therefore, it is important to apply for the protection before making any public disclosure of the design.
- Research and advise on potential conflicts with existing registered designs
- File and prosecute design applications, both nationally and internationally
- Advise on litigation concerning all aspects of designs, including cancellation, infringement and rectification proceedings
Similar industrial design protection is available in other countries based on an initial Irish or Community design application. Applications for protection abroad must be filed within six months from the date of filing of the initial design application, claiming the priority date of the initial application.