What is a design search?A design search, like a trade mark search or a patent search, places you in an informed position regarding the availability and eligibility of your proposed design.
The main design searches are:
- design registration search
- prior art search
- infringement (or clearance) search
- competitor or name-based search.
Can I conduct a design search myself?It is possible to conduct your own design search and this is often a good starting point. Conducting your own marketplace research may reveal whether or not your design is truly new and distinctive, which is crucial for registration.
However, in order to conduct a detailed design search, it is advisable that you engage the assistance of a suitably qualified design lawyer. Searches require an in-depth understanding of the law and the legislation that applies to designs.
How can Actuate IP assist?Actuate IP’s attorneys can conduct a range of design searches on your behalf.
An Actuate IP design search includes a detailed search report and advice that will outline short- and long-term strategies to secure registered rights and design protection.
Importantly, our advice will enable you to assess all commercial and legal risks prior to committing to a course of action.
Contact Actuate IP to learn more.