Designs and Copyright

We have the knowhow to maximise the value of your design rights

Whereas patents protect inventions, design rights protect product appearance.

They can be a powerful weapon against competitors and imitators, especially since unregistered design rights are -as the name implies, and under appropriate circumstances - created automatically, without the need to apply for them in advance.

For longer lasting and more easily demonstrable protection, designs can be placed on official registers. Registered design protection is obtainable quickly and at moderate cost.

Being easily searchable, registered designs can among other things serve as a deterrent to potential imitators.

In the UK the role of copyright in protecting industrial products has for a long time been limited by provisions intended largely to draw a line between design right and copyright protection and to reduce overlap and double protection. These provisions are receiving political scrutiny at present and are likely to change.

At Bartle Read we have the knowhow to maximise the value of your portfolio of design rights and to help you put them to effective commercial use.

Working with us

We know the law but it’s you that best understands your technology and your market. Strong patents that serve your commercial goals are typically the result of a close and lasting collaboration between patent attorney and client. Client relationships are all important to Bartle Read and in order to foster them we are:


 …in the way that we work with you. Lines of reporting should be set up for your convenience, not ours.


We will often need you to take decisions or to give technical input, but in matters of patent law it is always us that should be proposing solutions to problems.

Plain Spoken

Patents and patent law are ridden with jargon but it’s our job to make sense of it for you, not to bamboozle you with it.
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Bartle Read
Liverpool Science Park
131 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool L3 5TF
United Kingdom

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