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Carefully designed legal solutions

With the increasing importance of industrial design, we can advise on the practicalities of protecting your designs in Hong Kong and China.

In today’s competitive market, the increasing convergence of technical innovation and style means that registering your design rights is an important component of any IP strategy, helping you to protect both your products and your visual identity against would-be copycats.  At Deacons, our experienced team of lawyers and patent attorneys regularly advises clients on the extent and limits of design protection in the region and assists both domestic and international companies with the protection of their design assets in Hong Kong and China including the registration of designs, advice on invalidation proceedings and enforcement of design rights.

Amendments to China’s Patent Law bring the protection of designs in China more closely into line with international norms.  With China as the world’s factory, it is all the more important to get advice from people who understand the Chinese system thoroughly and have your best interests at heart.

Recent work includes:

  • Drafting, advising on filing strategy and prosecuting patent and design applications in over 10 countries on behalf of a Hong Kong company in relation to environmentally-friendly battery technology;
  • Strategic design filing program and freedom-to-operate opinions in relation to registered designs for luxury goods and jewellery designs in Hong Kong and China;
  • Management of major US homeware manufacturer’s Chinese design filing program;
  • Design portfolio co-ordination and strategic filing advice in Europe, China and South East Asia for a major lighting manufacturer.

Please take a look at our intellectual property pages for more on the range of work we undertake. And if you would like more information on how we could help you, please feel free to get in touch.