Designs - Register
Ensure that your idea is as safe as possible
There are many things that need to be considered and these vary depending on the complexity of the design concept and funds that are available to the owner. The key is to be clear what protection you need (e.g. are you worried a competitor is developing similar design or that a supplier may take your idea of the design for themselves?) and to set out a plan to ensure that you obtain the protection at a suitable time to ensure that you idea is as safe as possible and at a reasonable price given the potential rewards.
Before you start on this process you are likely to want to check if the investment is going to be worth it and that is where a Design search will provide you with information on granted and pending Designs and their similarity to your idea. Once you have decided you want to proceed with Registration there are a number areas that you need to consider.read more >
The simplest point to start is a UK Design registration. The act of registering will establish your priority right to be the Design holder and ensure that if you have the application granted, you will have priority to register in other jurisdictions. In other words, you claim the right to be the first to file.
If you feel that the idea has a more broad application and that the value and speed to revenue are such that you need more international protection as quickly as possible, then you may look to include a UK registration as part of a European Design application or an international Hague System Application that will facilitate the process of applying in other countries.
If you already have a Design and are looking to validate in other countries, you will need the main element that set out the claim of your idea, together with any associated illustrations. If the application is to be made in a foreign language, there will be a need to have a Translation completed and then Proof Reading to ensure the sense of the Design descriptions remain consistent.
One Stop IP can help by giving you a clear picture of the costs of Design Registration, so that you, the owner of the IP, can decide if the investment justifies the potential rewards.
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