European Design Law at your fingertips

We are pleased to announce the publication of our European Design Law book.

This handbook is an invaluable reference guide to key decisions in a fast moving area that has particular relevance to the fashion, food and beverage, technology and other sectors which thrive on design and innovation. It features a selection of design law case summaries including decisions of the Court of Justice and General Court, important European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Board of Appeal decisions, as well as notable UK infringement decisions.

Hot on the heels of the 2016 headline UK Supreme Court 'Trunki' case (PMS International Group v Magmatic Ltd), the book highlights significant cases that are relevant to businesses and their strategies for protecting and enhancing their design portfolios. Other notable cases included in this publication are the leading Court of Justice case Pepsico v Grupo Promer Mon Graphic ('metal rappers') and UK infringement decisions P&G v Reckitt (air freshener), Dyson v Vax (vacuum cleaner) and Samsung v Apple (tablet computers).

With its easy digestible format, this book will be particularly useful to anyone with an interest in product development and commercialisation.

Cases are categorised into nine sections covering the key design subject areas: protection and scope, technical function, the informed user, overall impression and individual character, complex products, conflict with other IP rights, and relevant prior art.

We were delighted to work with British graphic artist Adrian Johnson to design the book's cover illustration. Adrian is known for his economical, highly crafted graphic work. His reductionist approach, breaking down ideas and concepts into their purest form, goes hand in hand with D Young & Co's aim to produce a clear and concise guide to this complex area of the law.

The book was co-edited by Richard Willoughby and Matthew Dick, both partners D Young & Co LLP. Richard Willoughby comments:

Following the high profile UK Supreme Court decision in Trunki earlier this year, interest has never been greater in design law and practice than it is now. We hope that our single-volume guide to important European cases in this developing area of IP law will prove to be a useful reference tool and of interest to our clients, in-house counsel, design attorneys and businesses generally.

Copies of the book will be distributed to clients in September 2016.

About the D Young & Co Design Group

D Young & Co's highly regarded design experts are experienced in advising a range of clients, from small entrepreneurial start ups to global brand leaders, on a full range of issues relating to product design, packaging, branding and copyright and have acted in major design cases over the last several years:

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