Registered Designs

Do you have a new design to protect or want advice on an existing registered design? We’re a skilled, experienced partner for all aspects of filing, managing and enforcing registered designs in the UK, Europe or worldwide.


  • Drafting & Filing
  • Searching & Watching
  • Strategy 
  • IP Audits
  • Agreements
  • Due Diligence 
  • Enforcement
  • Renewals 

Big differences exist between how to patent a product and registering a design. Unlike patents and trade marks, registered designs aren’t examined. Instead, the design application is rubber-stamped during filing. It’s then up to someone else to contest it. Simple, right?

Well no, actually design registration is complex, arcane and often misunderstood. That’s why professional help is important. Whatever your interest in registered designs, we de-stress everything to do with them, including contesting registrations.

Above all, we give you peace of mind and help maximise your designs’ commercial value.

How we help you with registered designs

Designs relate to your product’s appearance, shapes, textures and colours. Registered designs give valuable protection and mean you can label products accordingly to warn potential copiers.

While you get on with business, we handle filing registered design applications at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Design search and ‘watching’

Design searches help identify potentially conflicting design applications and registrations. We also offer competitor monitoring searches (‘watching’) to identify competitors’ design applications.

Strategic design advice

Can we simplify management of your design portfolio? Absolutely! We handle all aspects of portfolio administration and maximising its commercial value. Clients love our holistic approach to the following:

  • Registered designs
  • Design applications
  • Enforcement
  • Unregistered design rights
  • Copyright/unregistered copyright
  • Anything else with strategic implications for your designs

Due diligence

You understand the importance of due diligence when buying or selling businesses. We can work closely with your legal advisors on things like these:

  • Due diligence
  • Response to questions
  • Expert analyses
  • Commercial analyses
  • Purchasers’ issue-identification assessments

Naturally, we check everything meticulously to help your deal complete successfully.


A commercially-oriented IP audit helps maximise the value of registered designs. Here’s how we can help:

  • Assess strengths and weaknesses
  • Recommend proactive options
  • Implement portfolio development strategy
  • Value registered designs for company valuation
  • Plan and implement IP strategy


We advise on, and draft, all kinds of agreements relating to designs, including assignments and licences.

In-house client training

From legal principles to understanding how to register a product design, basic knowledge of design law and practice will help your team. It’s easy with bespoke training that’s user-friendly, relevant, interesting and fun.

Interested? Please call Victor Caddy on 01242 267600 or email

Design portfolio management

Large portfolio management creates challenges. That’s why our trusted global network of associate attorneys is at your disposal. Whatever your design registration portfolio needs, and wherever needed to support a product design, we can help.

Enforcement of registered designs

One day, you may need to contest or enforce a design registration. With decades of litigation, litigation support and litigation-avoidance experience, and partners qualified as design litigators, we offer a full litigation service.

Renewing registered designs

Never miss design registration renewal with our convenient renewal service. By the way, even if we don’t manage your registrations, you can still use this service.

How will design registration work for you?

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