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Product Design Services

Ashfords specialise in advising clients on securing, maintaining, exploiting and protecting their valuable designs.

Product Design Clearance, Filing and Prosecution

We:

  • Give advice as to what designs to register and where to register them;
  • Conduct clearance searches and investigations to check whether a design can be used and registered without infringing a third party’s earlier legal rights in a design; and
  • File, prosecute and register UK, Community and International (Hague Agreement) registered designs and co-ordinate and supervise the filing, prosecution and registration of registered designs in national countries around the world. 


Litigation, Design Proceedings and Dispute Resolution

We:

  • Bring and defend registered design infringement and invalidity proceedings before the Courts;
  • Bring and defend unregistered design infringement proceedings before the Courts;
  • Bring and defend registered design invalidity proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office and OHIM;
  • Co-ordinate and supervise designs litigation and other types of design protection proceedings abroad; and
  • Conduct all forms of alternative dispute resolution involving designs.

Designs Maintenance and Renewal

We:

  • Renew UK, Community and International (Hague Agreement) registered designs; and
  • Co-ordinate and supervise the renewal of registered designs in national countries around the world.

Commercial and Corporate Transactions involving Designs -

We negotiate and draft:

  • Manufacturing agreements and all other forms of commercial agreement that involve designs;
  • Licenses and assignments of designs; and
  • Conduct due diligence on target design portfolios and negotiate and draft appropriate warranties and indemnities in share/asset sale and purchase agreements.