Our design attorneys have a successful track-record of winning design rights for our clients. Explore the expertise of our design attorneys in their individual Attorney Profiles.

Our service portfolio in design law covers all aspects of acquiring, defending, and attacking design rights. With our team of U.S., European, and German design attorneys, we are looking forward to representing you before renowned intellectual property organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), and the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO).

Design Services

The following is a non-exhaustive, exemplary list of the services we offer in the context of designs. We are happy to discuss your design goals with you and come up with a tailored service package that fits your needs. Learn more about our service principles.

Design Protection

We guide you step by step, from pre-filing advice to acquiring a registered design, ensuring your innovations receive the protection they deserve. Our services cover:

  • Design rights analysis
  • Drafting of design documents
  • Professional photo-shoots of your products, tailored and optimized for design requirements
  • Professional renderings, line-drawings of your products, tailored and optimized for design requirements
  • Filing and prosecution of design applications

Design Defense

Exercising your right to prohibit unauthorized use of your design is essential for making use of your design. Or services cover:

  • Competitor monitoring services
  • Cease and Desist letters and takedowns
  • Registering your rights with authorities and corporations for preventative care

Design Enforcement

To fend off design infringers, we enforce your intellectual property assets in federal and state courts across the U.S., Europe, and Germany. Our enforcement services encompass:

  • Litigation Support and Representation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Strategic Enforcement Counseling

Design Oppositions

Design oppositions are often used to revoke a design shortly before or after its grant, especially before the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office. Our services include:

  • Searches for harmful state of the art in German, English, and Chinese, covering image-searches in the general internet, as well as design registers and scientific databases
  • Conducting written and oral opposition proceedings in English and German languages, both in offense and defense positions

Note that design oppositions are only possible for a short period of time before or after registration, depending on the jurisdiction. Additional measures to invalidate a design are available.

Design Appeals

Many decisions issued by Patent Offices can be appealed in front of dedicated appellate bodies. Our services include representation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the USPTO, appeal bodies of the European Union Intellectual Property Organization (EUIPO), and the Board of Appeal of the German Federal Patent Court. Our services include:

  • Providing preliminary opinions to likelihood of success
  • Conducting written and oral proceedings in English and German languages

Design Commercialization

Monetize your protected design innovations effectively with our comprehensive services, including:

  • Licensing agreements
  • Design portfolio management
  • Strategic design counseling

Additional Services

In addition to core design services, we facilitate:

  • Professional photo-shoots of your products, tailored and optimized for design requirements
  • Professional renderings, line-drawings of your products, tailored and optimized for design requirements
  • Design translations in all language pairs of English, German, and Mandarin Chinese
  • Design renewal fee payments before the European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO, the German Patent and Trademark Office, and the UK Intellectual Property Office
  • Design searches and design landscaping

Why Choose Plevan Ltd for Your Design Needs

Due to the international character of our firm, our services always factor in international aspects. Rendering our services with the anticipation of what the outcome might be in the U.S. and in Europe can significantly increase the net value added for national and international filing strategies.

For all correspondences and engagements, we welcome communication in both English and German, whether in written or verbal form. We also welcome communication in Mandarin Chinese in written form.

What Exactly is a Design?

Want to know more about how designs work? Visit our design resources area.


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