How to protect a design ?

You are a startup

Young company, who knows better what the value of your imagination is and how important it is to protect it?
Griffes Consulting SA has previously guided several thousands of inventors and startups along this wonderful journey of creation and creativity, in order to safeguard their rights.

Registering a model / design obtains a title deed issued for a new creation of a model or design. This aesthetic creation must be sufficiently novel to be filed. It might concern all visible parts of a product.

As the holder of a design registration, you can prohibit any third parties from using your creation without your consent.

Registering a design protects you for 25 years in most of the countries where the creation is registered. The design registration, like a title deed, can be sold, granted or subject to a licence agreement.

Researching prior art is a key step in protecting your innovation. Before taking any registration action, Griffes Consulting puts an exclusive proprietary tool at the service of your invention.

In addition to determining if your creation is original, Griffes Design Service will define its freedom to operate on a market and geographical area.

Assisted by an exclusive data analysis algorithm, Griffes Design Service is the only service that can objectively and swiftly compare thousands of designs and design elements according to dozens of analysis criteria categories.

Thousands of possibilities can therefore be compared to the aesthetic characteristics of your new design.

Thanks to more than 500,000 listed designs, GDS can objectively carry out the following research and analyses:

- Researching prior art
- Comparative analyses of design registrations
- Trend analyses
- Researching designs or characteristic elements of designs

Griffes Consulting SA establishes the strategy and defines the registration budget of all your rights in Switzerland, Europe and internationally thanks to its network of qualified partners.

Our legal experts and lawyers provide their expertise, knowledge and attention to successfully carry out this crucial step in creating your portfolio of rights: brands, patents, design, domain names and copyrights.

To protect your rights, Griffes Consulting SA manages all your Intellectual Property proceedings thanks to a network of more than 150 expert offices worldwide.

Your rights are also available and can managed from your private and secure space: Portfolio Online™

Whatever your intellectual property right (brand, industrial designs, patents or copyrights) and its geographical area of application may be, we manage your portfolio, its renewal deadlines and all procedures necessary to maintain and update it.

The Griffes Consulting SA on-line platform is available to you 24/24, for secure access to all your rights and ongoing proceedings, on Portfolio Online™. From registering your rights and throughout their lifetime, it is important to monitor their legal and commercial ecosystems. Your competitors may attempt to seize your rights or create confusion by registering similar rights.

Our monitoring consists of :
- Detecting potential infringements of your rights by any new third-party registration
- Putting in place a targeted Technology Watch
Investigating trade shows
Monitoring certain market players (economic intelligence)
- Investigating the use of brand names.

During an infringement of your right by a third-party registration, our lawyers will assist you, alongside competent organisations, Intellectual Property offices and tribunals, in filing an opposition.

The holder of an earlier trade mark may oppose any new registration through an administrative procedure. We offer the necessary and appropriate means to ensure your rights are respected and valued. Whether this is through an amicable settlement or implementing legal proceedings and custom’s seizures if necessary.