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Design registration can supplement trade mark and patent protection as well as offering flexibility when such protection is not available.
Design registration allows for the protection of the appearance of your products, your logos and even the surface decoration which is applied to your product range. Before you disclose your design, you should seek advice from our Attorneys on what is, and is not protectable.
Our Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys can advise on the importance of building design protection into your IP strategy and are able to offer the following services:
If you need help and advice with design registration, contact one of our Attorneys today to see how we can offer our expertise to your intellectual property safeguarding strategy.
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The majority of our team members have advanced degrees specialising in electronics and telecommunications technology areas. Some have industrial experience in the telecoms industry, and strong research, development and academic experience in relevant technical fields from the UK's top universities.
Our core electronics expertise resides in technologies including semiconductor device manufacture, fabrication and automation of PCB design, smartphone technologies, radio frequency circuitry including antenna design, GPS and IPS systems. We also specialise in touchscreen and display devices, dash-mounted digital video capture technology, multi-modal biometric systems, robotics, virtual reality and artificial reality imaging devices, and body impact based trauma sensing technology.
Our team is astute in handling high-value and complex contentious litigation and dispute matters as well as patent infringement cases. We have advised clients involved in multimillion pound legal disputes in the field of telecommunication semiconductor chip use. We provide in-depth freedom to operate opinions and help strategise patent portfolio management for a number of our electronics and telecoms clients.
At WP Thompson, our team of Attorneys have qualifications in a variety of areas under the engineering umbrella. We are experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of engineering technologies including automotive, electronics, subsea technology, medical devices, optics, environmental, sports and training products, materials, as well as traditional mechanical engineering technologies.
Our experts tailor their advice based on the requirements of each client, working with individual inventors and start-ups to build their IP portfolios and helping our established multinational clients to achieve a broad scope of protection for their engineering technology.
Our SME clients value our ability to identify the 'core' of their inventions and to obtain robust, enforceable patents. We work closely with the inventors to capture the fine detail of the technology and to understand what exactly they wish to protect.
As well as providing strong technical expertise, our engineering clients value our business-focused approach, which is firmly directed towards delivering tangible commercial benefit and maximising the potential of our clients' intellectual property worldwide.
Many of the Attorneys in our engineering group have experience in industry, and this first-hand experience ensures that we can offer strong technical and commercial insights to our clients.
Whilst patents generally provide the strongest form of protection for engineering technologies, we also advise our clients in protecting their inventions via registered designs, in order to ensure that all aspects of the technology are covered.
Our ability to assist clients extends to the management and enforcement of their IP after grant of a patent. Our team of Attorneys is adept in managing IP transactions to extract the maximum benefit for our clients. Our litigation experts are highly experienced in providing advice on patent infringement and freedom-to-operate, to ensure that our clients have peace of mind when exploiting their technology.
WP Thompson has a long and varied history in securing IP protection across medical technology industries. Our multidisciplinary team brings support and expertise to assist our clients with protecting all manner of medical devices and apparatus, both in the UK and around the world, whether dealing with cutting edge prosthetic and orthotic devices to simple solutions for saving lives. We work with clients in areas as diverse as surgical apparatus and drug delivery devices to novel materials for medical applications and means for ensuring patient safety and infection control.
We work with clients ranging from large multinationals selling millions of units of dozens of products each year to small start-ups with just one or two products seeking to enter the commercial world of medical technologies. Our team can provide the right level of support for you, to enable you to best develop, establish and grow your medical technologies business at all stages of its life.
From start to finish, our Team is here to provide you with all the tools you need from initial and ongoing IP strategy advice to help you plan for the future. We have expert patent drafting skills to provide you with a solid base to protect your innovation as well as tailor-made and client-led analysis of patent prosecution actions to give exactly the support you need to secure the best protection in the UK and abroad.
WP Thompson is here to help your business flourish. Our trade mark and design experts provide complementary IP protection to support your brand and product identity alongside its technological aspects; through to an active Contentious Matters Team who have a wealth of experience to help you enforce your IP rights, defend against any challenges raised to help you maintain your rights. They can also advise on the establishment of licensing contracts and settlement agreements to help you commercialise your intellectual property.
We understand the crucial role of intellectual property for our clients in the creative sector and the importance of our clients' brands in the promotion and success of their products.
Our wide range of experience and expertise across IP, which includes trade marks, designs and copyright, allows us to provide comprehensive advice to our clients, helping them not only to secure registered protection of their rights, but also to fully understand the scope of their unregistered intellectual property rights. These are extremely important in the creative sector, for example with copyright in publishing and unregistered designs in the fashion industry.
We devise IP protection strategies which are closely tailored to our clients' needs and are both legally sophisticated and commercially astute. We help our clients to secure the widest scope of protection for their intellectual property, through a combination of registered and unregistered rights.
We assist our clients in enforcing their intellectual property rights in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, through negotiations and, when necessary, litigation. Our negotiating skills allow us to often persuade infringers to cease impinging upon our clients' rights without the need for litigation, by making them fully aware of the consequences of their infringing activity.
Our experienced trade mark team advises and assists clients in a wide variety of sectors, such as media, consumer goods, automotive, transport and mobility, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food.
We are delighted to celebrate our ranking as a leading Intellectual Property firm in Chambers 2023 rankings. This year's ranking marks the eleventh consecutive year in which WP Thompson has been recognised as leading firm by Chambers.Full story
WP Thompson Intellectual Property are pleased to note that their client, Sports & Well-Being Analytics, have yet again been featured in the press with respect to their contribution to the success of premiership rugby team Harlequins. Congratulations not only to Harlequins for their league success but also to Sports & Well-Being Analytics for bringing their vision to practical fruition and application.Full story
On 31 December 2020, EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs ceased having effect in the UK and on that date the UKIPO automatically created cloned registrations ("comparable UK trade marks" and "re-registered designs") for each registered EU trade mark and design.Full story
The EU's General Court has ruled that EU design applications can validly claim priority up to 12 months after the first filing – six months after the usual priority period has expired – so long as the first filing is an international patent application. But will applicants really benefit?Full story
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