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Do I have to identify the designer?
It is possible to waive the name of the designer when filing a European Community Design, but you should be sure that you have the rights to the design
Albright IP endeavour to make the design registration process as simple and stress-free as possible, whilst obtaining the broadest protection possible for your design. We can advise you whilst taking account of your circumstances, and will act for you and provide advice for at each stage of the procedure, as well as outlining likely future costs to allow you to budget effectively.
If you would like a specific quote, please contact us and we can give you up-to-date costs for handling design applications at any stage in the UK, in Europe or in other overseas territories.
UK, EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COSTS
We are committed to providing the best service at an affordable price, and provide clear indications of cost for each stage of the UK and European design registration processes.
The following sections give a general indication of costs for registered design applications in different territories.
Is preparing and filing a design application expensive?
We offer competitive fixed fee deals for preparing Registered Community Design and UK Registered Design applications, and then filing at the UK IPO or EUIPO respectively.
We also offer very competitive rates for handling overseas design applications, via our network of experienced and cost-effective foreign associates.
For further details, please contact us for a brief discussion.
Are there any official fees to pay?
Official fees are due on design applications but vary between different jurisdictions. The official fees charged for a UK registered design application by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) are available here.
In Europe, the official fees charged for a patent application by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) can be seen here.
For official fees for design applications in other overseas countries, please consult the national Intellectual Property Office website for the country you are interested in. For example, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China are two such Offices.
Note that whilst the EUIPO official fees are higher than the UK IPO official fees, you are able to prosecute a single design application and, on registration, receive a registered Community design covering Europe. As a result, if you need design protection in a number of European countries, there can be significant savings by applying for a registered European (Community) design rather than for individual national registered designs.
Are there any other costs associated with design applications?
Separately to the official fees, there are foreign attorney fees and our service fee in handling the design application. Generally speaking, most of the cost is involved in the filing stage, although some countries also have official fees due on registration of a design.
If formal objections arise against a design application, there is also a cost involved in adjusting the design drawings accordingly. However, it is quite rare for this to occur, so it is not normally necessary to budget for this.
If you would like further information on design applications costs, please contact us to speak with a qualified attorney.