Practices / Designs


Design Right Litigation

The outward appearance of a product may be as synonymous with your company and identity in the market as your trademark.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER helps you to enforce, exploit and obtain the widest protection possible for the design of your products.

When it comes to the enforcement of your design rights or your freedom to trade unhindered by designs of others, our lawyers are skilled and experienced in all kinds of litigation strategies and proceedings related to your designs. This can range from filing or defending oppositions based on design rights, and invalidity and revocation proceedings involving designs as well as infringement proceedings.

We also have extensive experience of exploitation of your designs through licensing, merchandising, joint ventures and financing. We are able to perform due diligence work in the context of corporate transactions and audit/management of design portfolios.

Design Right Prosecution

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER provides assistance in the filing of design rights that adequately protect your needs before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) or the corresponding national offices, with a mind to optimize the possibilities of enforcement available should this turn out to be necessary.

Our Design Prosecution Group will assist you in identifying features in your products or their presentation which can be protectable, with strategic vision.

Our team offers support in all aspects of design prosecution, including:

• Advising on design portfolio strategy
• Filing and prosecuting designs (national applications, Community registered designs and/or international designs)
• Opposing and invalidating competitors’ designs
• Defending clients’ designs in oppositions and appeals
• Providing freedom to operate and clearance opinions
• Advising on infringement and validity
• Pre-litigation support
• Licensing support (negotiations, license contract work etc.).

Working closely with the Trademark and Brand Protection Group, the Patent Prosecution Group and our litigators, we seek to provide our clients with all legal means to protect your corporate identity and the identity of your products in the market.