Helping our clients with design law 

Whether it’s the protection of the shape, colour or material of a product, our team will work to protect your designs and to ensure that they are registered effectively. We have a large and well-established designs practice which has helped numerous household names secure strategic protection for their designs internationally.

Design expertise

We work with our clients to advise them on all aspects of design law and design rights. This means that we help protect them from outside infringements, and from infringing an existing design themselves.

We have experience guiding our clients through the complexities of dealing with contractual issues surrounding multiple party rights for a design. We work closely with our clients to cover key design aspects of new products and product lines, covering (where appropriate) overall shape, texture, and/or surface finish of products.

We have particular expertise in obtaining broad design protection for features that pervade product lines. We also have significant experience in obtaining design protection for user interfaces.

Reinhold Cohn & Partners

“The entire team at Mathys & Squire is very professional, welcoming and very patient. We pose some difficult issues sometimes and we always get a prompt, detailed response which enables us to take a final decision with the client. We are very pleased both professionally and administratively.”

Ehrlich & Fenster

“We are very impressed with all the people we work with at Mathys & Squire. The quality and focus of their work is high. They have met all our deadlines and are very responsive. They always have a quick answer to any questions we have.”


“Mathys & Squire are innovative about what they do. They are not just ticking boxes; they are always trying to come up with better ways of doing things, and are always open to suggestions from our side.”

A full understanding of design laws

At Mathys & Squire, we take away the stresses of how to protect your design with our expertise in UK, EU and international design law.

Get in touch today to see how we can help your organisation protect its designs.

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How the Community (European) Registered Design process works


Preparing representations

Representations form an essential part of a Community (European) Registered Design.  As such, they should be prepared carefully to ensure that the design, once registered, covers the intended scope. For more information on representations for Community Registered Designs, please see our dedicated section on Representations.



Once representations are ready the application will be filed at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).



Once filed, the EUIPO examines the application only on the basis of formalities, which includes checking whether the representations are consistent and suitable for reproduction.


Publication for opposition

Although designs can be allowed to publish upon registration, applicants may prefer to defer publication of their design until some time after filing so as to keep their designs secret.  Generally, publication can be deferred for up to 30 months after filing. After publication a certificate of registration is issued.



To remain in force, a Community Registered Design must be renewed every five years after the filing date by paying an official maintenance fee.  The maximum term of a Community Registered Design is 25 years from filing, after which the Community Registered Design expires.

Trunki decision 

The high profile ‘Trunki’ Registered Design dispute finally came to an end as the UK Supreme Court upheld the UK Court of Appeal’s judgment that PMS International’s ‘Kiddee Case’ product does not infringe Magmatic’s European Community Registered Design for the Trunki.

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