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Using a Design Strategy for Protecting Your IP Rights
A design patent is sometimes pursued only as an afterthought or a compromise, but at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, we see a design patent as a highly valuable intellectual property right, particularly for consumer products that are often the target of counterfeiters with offshore manufacturing operations. If your organization is concerned that your product could be pirated or illegally used, our strategy on design protection can help preserve your market share and ultimately your brand. We work with you to assess the universe of potential applications for your design and anticipate possible infringement, design-arounds or conflicts with the designs of others.
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun lawyers are acutely attuned to the interplay between copyright, design patent and trademark rights in relation to product design. We consider all available protection for our clients’ industrial designs and counsel each client accordingly – identifying a clear strategy to accomplish your objective.
No matter where you do business in the world, our proactive design patent approach gives you an effective anti-piracy strategy. We give proactive guidance to make sure products are properly patented or registered where the company does business, thus helping to keep offshore manufacturing partners reliable. When needed, we aggressively pursue infringement of our clients’ design rights. Our lawyers work closely with customs officers in many countries to confiscate infringing or counterfeited products and take the appropriate actions in defense of our clients’ protected designs. With Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, your rights are in good hands.