In addition to patents and utility models, aesthetic designs can also be protected against copying by entering them in the industrial design register if these are new and have a certain property. After they have been registered, they then grant their holder an industrial property right for the exclusive use of the design.
Whereas industrial designs were originally known in the fashion and furniture industries, technical design has also grown considerably in importance over the last decades. In addition, the registration of an industrial design can be expedient when a brand is already difficult to differentiate and the registration thus serves to expand, supplement and consolidate the existence of the company's intellectual property rights.
We advise and support you in the registration of industrial designs and in the consulting and enforcement of industrial design rights and in the defence against the misuse of the intellectual property rights and within the framework of proceedings before the trademark and patent offices at national and international level, and within the framework of civil court proceedings.
In your capacity as the licenser or licensee, we support you in the contractual negotiations and in the checking and creation of licence agreements.