Registered Design

Our Intellectual Property Group provides clients with a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights.
These services include counsel and handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs, licensing, and data security. The partners and associates in our Intellectual Property Group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading firms in Intellectual Property in the world.
Registered Design

The filing and prosecution of registered design applications, and the enforcement of design rights, are handled by our Patents Department. A wide range of services are provided in regard to designs, including:

  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting design applications
  • Litigation on all aspects of design registrations
  • Drafting of licences and other agreements
Area of Practice

Drafting and Filing (Prosecution)

Obtaining grant of registered design can be a time-consuming and sometimes expensive process, but litigation can be even more costly. Mistakes must be avoided at all costs then, and Adams & Adams has more collective experience than any other law firm in Africa – particularly in dealing with applications and the defence of registered designs across the globe.

The Patent team of Adams & Adams can guide you the maze of design application facts and potential challenges or objections:

  • Determining the registribility of designs
  • Drafting and filing of design and patent applications
  • Restoration of design registrations
  • Revocation of design registrations
  • Voluntary surrender of design registrations
  • Amendments to design registrations

Commercialisation

Intellectual property, although intangible, is a valuable asset on the balance sheet of any business, and designs are an important intellectual property element. It makes sense, then, to register the shape and nature of your design, your hard work and skill, in order to protect it from unprincipled individuals or organisations who would think nothing of ‘riding your coat tails’ to a fast buck. There are a few ways to commercialise a registered design, depending on the owner’s business model.

Our Designs & Patents Commercialisation team is ready to assist you with the following matters (among others):

  • Sales agreements for designs
  • Licensing and royalty agreements
  • Registered design assignment and transfer

Litigation(Enforcement)

Design registration affords protection specifically directed at the visual features of an article, that is, the shape and appearance of an industrial article. This can be relied upon to prevent others from making, importing, using or disposing of articles within the same class and embodying the registered design or a design not substantially different from it.

Besides handling the filing of your design registration, Adams & Adams is able to handle prosecution of design applications, and the enforcement of design rights in South Africa, Africa and the world as follows:

  • Infringement investigations and advice
  • Litigation proceedings

Contact one of our Registered Design Services Professionals

Alexis Apostolidis
Alexis Apostolidis
Partner | Head of Competition Law Group
Chris Nyarukowa
Chris Nyarukowa
Associate | Patent Attorney
Colin MacKenzie
Colin MacKenzie
Partner | Patent Attorney
Danie Dohmen
Danie Dohmen
Partner | Patent Attorney
Dario Tanziani
Dario Tanziani
Partner | Patent Attorney
Deborah Marsicano
Deborah Marsicano
Senior Associate | Patent Attorney
Gizela Lombard
Gizela Lombard
Associate | Attorney
James Davies
James Davies
Partner | Patent Attorney
Janice Galvad
Janice Galvad
Partner | Patent Attorney
Johnny Fiandeiro
Johnny Fiandeiro
Partner | Patent Attorney