How Can I Protect My Design?

How Can I Protect My Design?

Copyright your design

The key to nearly any intellectual property comes with the product's design. A design usually comes before you build any product or even prototype. Perhaps you have designed some clothing, or a new type of computer or other item. You will want to protect your ownership of that design right away. If you are planning to use that design for business, if it's an attractive one that could make you a lot of money, someone may want to take a shortcut and copy it, either in part or as a whole. The way to protect all aspects of your design is through copyright law.

That’s why you need copyright protection like the type provided through Legally speaking, when you create your design, you already have a copyright on it, but in reality, if you are challenged on your ownership of the design or someone else has copied all or part of your work, it will be necessary to prove your ownership and the effective date of your copyright. The best way to do that is to register and deposit your design and all of its elements.

How We Keep Your Design Safe

When you make a copyright deposit of your design, the protection is instantaneous. The registration and deposit establishes your ownership and a date certain of the creation of your design. Your deposit establishes priority of copyright and is incontestable proof of copyright. The deposit of your design becomes your official witness of your rights.

When you file for copyright protection for your design with, your protection is valid for life. Your work will be handled carefully by officials who are obligated by law to retain all documents deposited, including yours, with the utmost care, in an integrated system that makes all deposits unalterable, thus certifying their authenticity. In all cases, your design is immediately retrievable at any time by you, the holder of intellectual property rights related to that design, so you can always demonstrate proof of your rights to that design.

In the United Kingdom, as long as your design is highly unique and creative, it will qualify for copyright protection. You will always be able to protect your work and to demonstrate that someone has copied. Anytime you need to prove ownership of your design and that it predates the copy, provides you with that opportunity by creating a secure location for your design, and by giving you the ability to stop any infringing party in their tracks. The protection for your design is also very comprehensive. When you make a copyright deposit in the UK, your copyright protection is valid in all 171 countries that have signed on to the Berne Convention, which means your design will be protected internationally.

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