Industrial Design Service

As leading intellectual property (IP) lawyers, we specialise in providing comprehensive legal services for industrial designs. Our expert team is dedicated to safeguarding your creative designs, ensuring their protection, and maximising their commercial value. With our in-depth knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations, we are well-equipped to assist you in all aspects of industrial design protection. Our dedicated team of IP lawyers will guide you through the entire process, ensuring your designs are secured and your rights are protected.

Understanding Industrial Design and Our Services

What is an Industrial Design?

Definition: According to Chapter III of the Intellectual Property Act (No. 36 of 2003), an industrial design refers to any composition of lines, colours, or three-dimensional forms that gives a unique appearance to a product of industry or handicraft.

Scope of Protection: Industrial design protection provided under this act is additional to any other protection offered by other written laws.

Eligibility: Industrial designs must be new, not contrary to morality or public order, and must not offend religious or racial susceptibilities.

Our Services:

1. Industrial Design Search and Clearance:

  • Comprehensive searches to determine the novelty and uniqueness of your industrial design.
  • Evaluation of potential conflicts with existing designs.
  • Expert guidance on the availability and registrability of your design.

2. Industrial Design Registration:

  • Preparation and filing of industrial design applications.
  • Assistance in drafting accurate and detailed descriptions of your design.
  • Guidance on filing strategies and priority claims.

3. Industrial Design Portfolio Management:

  • Ongoing management of your industrial design portfolio, including renewals and maintenance.
  • Regular monitoring of potential infringements to protect your rights.
  • Comprehensive record-keeping to ensure proper documentation and tracking.

4. Industrial Design Enforcement and Litigation:

  • Strong advocacy to enforce your industrial design rights against infringements.
  • Representation in negotiations, settlements, and dispute resolution.
  • Litigation services, including legal proceedings and defence in court.

5. Rights to Protection of Industrial Designs:

  • Ownership of industrial designs and rights to protection.
  • Determining the creator of an industrial design and joint ownership.
  • Protection against industrial designs solely serving technical results.

6. Novelty and Prior Art:

  • Definition of a new industrial design.
  • Conditions for public availability.
  • Exclusions based on minor differences or different product types.

Contact us today to discuss your industrial design needs and take the first step towards comprehensive IP protection.

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