What is Copyright?

Copyright applies to literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, as well as to sound recordings, films, broadcasts and even typographical arrangements.

Copyright protection is automatic, and copying without permission a work which is protected by copyright breaches the owner’s copyright and is illegal. However, copyright doesn’t necessarily guarantee protection against a competitor independently creating identical or closely similar works.

At FRKelly, our team of experienced attorneys can answer all your queries regarding design rights and copyright and help you protect your intellectual property interests.

What is Industrial Design?

Good design helps businesses to compete. It helps them set the pace in crowded markets, creates differentiation, adds value and is strongly connected to business growth. It therefore makes perfect sense to protect the value of those designs by registering your intellectual property rights.

Industrial designs are applied to a wide variety of products and artifacts: from technical and medical instruments to watches, jewellery, and other luxury items; from housewares and electrical appliances to vehicles and architectural structures; from textile designs to leisure goods.

So, whether the nature of the design is industrial, ornamental or aesthetic, we can advise on the best way to prevent competitors from copying or using it; either through the registration of design rights or by combining those rights with other forms of protection.

For more information, download our Design Law Handbook Guidebook here.