Unregistered EU design law has had a significant impact on retailers. The number of design infringement cases has significantly increased since its introduction, helped by cost effective enforcement in the UK. However, after nearly 20 years the availability of this useful protection may well be a victim of the UK leaving the EU. It is now time to review your design protection strategy to ensure that there are no gaps in your protection.

In this module we will provide an overview of unregistered rights in the UK and Europe, highlight areas of change (recent decisions such as Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company v PMS and Cofomel v G-Star Raw confirm the constantly evolving nature of design law) and analyse whether there should now be more of an emphasis on obtaining registered protection. We will also examine a recent trend of companies attempting to rely on unfair competition / passing off to protect the shape of products.

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Thursday 14th January

In this module we will discuss what steps can be taken as a matter of good business practice to prevent or minimise your business’ risk and exposure which can be as simple as training staff on how best to create and share internal or external communications or on how to initiate and run an ‘issue management team’ most effectively.

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Thursday 7th january

In this module we will provide knowledge of the particular law and principles applicable to the comparison of logo marks. This knowledge will be crucial to marketing teams when developing a new logo allowing them to assess conflicts with prior logos. The session will also assist legal teams when assessing the merits of infringement claims against third parties for use of potentially similar logos.