When time and money have been spent perfecting the aesthetics of a product, it is imperative to make sure it won’t be copied. Work with Mewburn Ellis and enjoy the confidence of knowing that designs are in safe hands.


We have an excellent reputation in obtaining and enforcing registered design rights both in the UK and in Europe. We also work with our wide network of foreign associates to register design rights around the world, alongside use of the Hague Agreement.

Filing design applications

Our design team has a wealth of experience in preparing and filing applications for design registrations. We work with a wide range of clients and are equally comfortable working with individuals or multi-national corporate clients. We enjoy great relationships with a large number of overseas IP attorneys, who come to us seeking advice on registering rights for their clients in the UK and Europe.

We represent clients across a vast range of industry sectors, working in many fields that do not have an obvious need for design protection but which, nonetheless, have found considerable benefits in including design registrations in their IP portfolio. We are always ready, whenever needed, to help with the management of multi-jurisdictional portfolios.

Success at dealing with invalidity actions

Our design team also has a proven track record at successfully handling invalidity actions, both defending our clients’ rights and attacking the rights of others.

We are also able to advise on unregistered design rights in Europe and the UK, along with any associated copyrights.

Our specialist dispute resolution team has a wealth of design experience. They are ready to help if any contentious matters involving registered or unregistered design rights arise. And because we have an integrated legal services team, we can offer all our clients help with transactional and commercial dealings involving registered and unregistered design rights.

Strategic business advice

We are regularly asked by our clients to provide strategic business advice regarding their design registration portfolio and future filings. We are uniquely placed to help develop a cost effective IP strategy that will deliver real business benefits.

Our attorneys play an active role in the professional bodies promoting IP rights across Europe. Robert Watson, one of our partners, is closely involved in the Designs and Copyright committee of CIPA. He is chair of FICPI’s international design study group and represents FICPI on designs at WIPO.

Full range of design services

The design services we offer include:

  • Obtaining design registrations in the UK, the EU and internationally
  • Filing and defending invalidity applications at EUIPO
  • Enforcing design registrations in the UK and the EU
  • Assisting with transactions involving design registrations
  • Advising on contentious matters involving design registrations
  • Providing opinions on validity and infringement of design registrations
  • Providing advice on the registrability of designs
  • Providing clearance searches prior to market entry
  • Advising on all aspects of unregistered design rights
  • Providing business advice on management of existing design portfolios and future filing strategies
  • Carrying out due diligence for vendors and investors
  • Providing training on all IP matters including designs
  • Providing in-house assistance
  • Design renewal fee payment