Registered designs exist to prevent others copying the design of your product. Access to cost-effective and efficient enforcement services is therefore vital if your registered design is to serve its purpose.
If someone copies the design of your product, either intentionally or inadvertently, it can cause you to lose sales, and in the worst cases damage your reputation by flooding the market with cheap copies. It is the kind of problem which needs to be dealt with quickly and decisively, and we have a lot of experience of doing just that.
In most cases it does not prove necessary to go to court. If a registered design owner wants to put a stop to an infringer’s activities, in many cases a simple cease and desist letter will achieve the desired result. If not, it may be necessary to begin the initial steps of bringing an infringement action in the Patents County Court or the High Court, which places such pressure on infringers that they often capitulate. The costs of taking such initial steps are easily within the means of most registered design owners.
Suing for infringement, or threatening to do so, is not the only solution. Instead revenue can be generated by granting the infringer a licence, or even selling them your registered design. Other agreements are also possible, such as amicable co-existence, or a one-off financial settlement. Every situation is different, and it is a question of employing the right strategy to obtain the best result for you.
If you would like to know more about enforcing registered designs please contact us using the link on the left.