For many products, it is their unique design that makes them stand out and entices consumers to buy them. In many industries, it is the original design or attractive packaging that has a decisive impact on the product’s success. This is why companies are ready to pay considerable sums of money for the development and protection of their designs.
As early as the design phase of a product’s image and form, i.e. before it is launched, it is worth ensuring that it does not resemble already registered designs and that its use will not put the company at risk of being accused of infringing third parties’ rights. Regular monitoring of patent offices’ databases allows for a quick reaction when another entrepreneur uses a registered design. It also enables companies to protect themselves against claims of using other parties’ industrial designs or when another market player is trying to revoke our registration rights.
Industrial design research involves conducting specialist searches of selected databases, and often includes a probe into the use of the design on the internet. They help to better plan business operations, rationalize expenditure, and increase security by minimizing the risk of conflict with other market players and by protecting a company’s own assets.
- conducting industrial design and spatial trademark searches in the databases of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and in other selected countries of the world
- conducting online research regarding the use of industrial design on the market
- carrying out legal due diligence and examination of the scope of protection for industrial design
- monitoring industrial designs
- monitoring the competitors’ activities
- carrying out IP due diligence