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Industrial designs (referred to as design patents in the United States) can be an important way to protect the aesthetic appearance of new products. As a complement to patent or trademark protection, as a stepping stone to trade dress protection, or as a form of protection to prevent copying of an original design, industrial designs can be a valuable asset for your business. Industrial design protection is generally more rapidly and easily obtained than patent or trade dress protection, and at lower cost. Our lawyers can work with you to protect valuable aesthetic features of your new design.

Our lawyers regularly assist clients to obtain design protection in Canada, the United States, and worldwide through our network of foreign associates. We have also advised clients on the registrability and validity of design registrations, and handled matters involving infringement of registered designs and ownership disputes.

For example, our lawyers have assisted clients to evaluate and secure design protection for footwear, clothing, medical devices, building components, automobile parts, graphic user interfaces, consumer electronics, sporting goods, furniture, jewellery, housewares, appliances, packaging and more.

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