Avoiding infringement

Expert advice to minimise infringement risk

Third parties can request examination of a registered design at any time after registration. The requester may also lodge prior art material that they believe affects the validity of your design under examination.

We advise clients on the validity of registered designs owned by others, in light of their prior art, and we also conduct validity searches and advise on whether requesting examination of a third party design is necessary or worthwhile.

We can also advise on ways to "design around" registered designs owned by others by altering your product design, to avoid the need to seek to invalidate the design.