Redd practitioners are recognised experts in designs. In addition to their daily practice, they teach and examine design and related copyright law in depth on the University of Oxford Post Graduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice and regularly speak and write on designs law.
Registered design law is harmonised at EU level but differences remain between the UK and the EU designs systems. Unregistered design law is complex and not harmonized. We are well-placed to advise on the best protection and enforcement strategies for your business.
Redd’s dispute resolution practice is comprehensive and covers all types of IP and related contractual disputes. It has extensive experience of designs-related disputes.
“They’re very straightforward and don’t waste time and money on arguments that aren’t worthwhile. You have to respect the position they take”
WTR 1000 (2016)
Redd’s design disputes expertise includes issues relating to:
- registered design infringement and validity;
- unregistered design subsistence and infringement and related copyright claims;
- ownership and title;
- contractual disputes;
- licences of right
- settlement and co-existence agreements
Redd also has significant experience in co-ordinating and managing cross-border disputes.
Redd’s commercial designs practice covers all aspects of securing and exploiting intellectual property rights. Designs are among the core rights that we deal with.
“An unparalleled combination of legal expertise, technical knowledge and commercial nous”
Legal 500 (2015)
Creating, Buying and Selling Designs
Businesses must ensure that they are entitled to use the designs that they need. We draft and negotiate agreements concerning the creation of intellectual property rights such as: consultancy and other commissioning arrangements; IP ownership clauses in employment contracts; research and development agreements and other partnering arrangements. We also advise on the sale and purchase of IP rights including undertaking due diligence on the rights being acquired.
Licensing, Distribution and Agency Agreements
We can assist in developing licensing strategies for clients’ designs, and will draft and negotiate licence agreements with both UK and international reach.
Redd offers a full design management service. Whether you want to protect a new design or wish to review and streamline your existing design portfolio, our lawyers will provide you with bespoke, strategic advice and portfolio management services.
Redd’s design management practice sits alongside our dispute resolution and commercial practices to ensure that we are there to help you develop and protect all aspects of your business.
IP Audits and Due Diligence
Is your house in order? Are you registering your key designs or reliant on unregistered rights? Redd assists businesses as they grow and change, recognising the importance of taking stock and considering whether your portfolio is structured appropriately and strikes the right balance between protection and cost-effectiveness.
Portfolio Management: from Strategy to Registration
Our lawyers have experience of managing design portfolios for clients. We advise you on the registration procedures and assist you in devising the optimal filing strategy for the needs of your designs and budget. We use a range of trusted advisers in other jurisdictions to assist us in co-ordinating and supervising the registration and management of your designs globally.
"Superb depth of experience right across the IP field, from pharmaceutical patent cases to trade marks and passing off"
Legal 500 (2015)
“Their service level has been excellent. Very passionate and willing to learn the client needs”
MIP IP Stars – Trade Mark and Copyright (2016)