IS YOUR DESIGN ORIGINAL?
Is your product new? Is it truly original? What would you risk if you decide to distribute it? Are there already similar products on the market? What features do you need to change to distance yourself from the designs currently on sale?
Before a product is designed or launched, it is vital that steps are taken to ensure that the design is not already protected, particularly under copyright, which comes into effect on the date when the work was created even if no designs are registered. It is important to be aware that a claim can still be made under copyright for a product for which no design has been registered.
We can help you to obtain answers to all of these questions by undertaking a “preventive search” which involves identifying all the similar designs currently on sale on the market. We send you as much information as possible about the product being researched. This information will enable you to better assess the risks involved.
We offer two options
We can either:
- Assess the current market situation. This will enable you to evaluate a design’s level of originality before putting it on sale (guide price: €400 exclusive of tax for a single design search, or €300 exclusive of tax under a subscription – please contact us for a quote).
- Undertake a prior art search (going back in time) to further reduce the risk of being sued for infringement or unfair competition (guide price: €3,000 exclusive of tax for a single design search – please contact us for a quote).)
The very nature of the information that we process when building our database means that we have to follow fashion, interior design and toy news, which enables us to offer an effective precautionary search service. Because we know exactly where to find information and because it is important that you remain responsive and switched-on in an increasingly competitive environment, we pledge to deliver our search findings in a very short space of time.
Moreover, in order to further reduce the risks, we publish a preventive newsletter every month featuring a selection of designs recently filed with industrial property offices, and new products that have appeared in the press, for several product categories: ranging from furniture to leather goods and including jewellery, domestic appliances, and toys.
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MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ IS UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AUTHORIZED TO OFFER LEGAL ADVICE. ONLY AN INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY OR LAWYER CAN ASSESS RISK BASED ON THE RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN.