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Design Rights

We know that for many of our clients, including those in the fashion, retail and automobile sectors, maintaining exclusivity over their designs is fundamental. Fieldfisher's experts have extensive experience of design law, acting on numerous design validity actions before the European Union Intellectual Property Office - both defending our clients' own designs and successfully invalidating the designs of others.

Notable deals and highlights

  • We successfully negotiated commercial settlements for a well-known retailer in the face of threatened design infringement proceedings across multiple European jurisdictions.
  • We have represented the well-known leading footwear manufacturer, Crocs, in relation to various design disputes over the years. More recently we acted for Crocs in high profile Registered Community Design (RCD) proceedings before the higher European courts (the Court of Justice and the General Court).
  • The team has acted for a leading multinational technology company in relation to the potential infringement of design rights in its distinctive server cases.
  • Our team obtained a summary judgment for leading franchise consultants, Zockoll Group. This related to the Registered Community Design infringement of the well-known three-dimensional giant screwdrivers featured on the vans used by its '0800 Repair' franchise business.

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