Mon to Fri 08h00 to 16h30 ( UTC +2)

Mon to Fri 08h00 to 16h30 ( UTC +2)

Registered Designs

  1. Home
  2. /
  3. Intellectual Property
  4. /
  5. Registered Designs

Registered Design

Our Intellectual Property Group provides clients with a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights.

These services include counsel and handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs, licensing, and data security. The partners and associates in our Intellectual Property Group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading firms in Intellectual Property in the world.

What Is a Registered Design?

South Africa has many talented designers active in the field of furniture and lighting, cutlery, crockery, textiles, jewellery and wine and product labels. South African designers and their product designs are highly regarded both locally and internationally and many of them have exhibited, and sold their products overseas. Some of the local trend setters are Haldane Martin, Heath Nash, Gregor Jenkin and Anatomy, to name a few. Many local architects have become involved in designing furniture and interiors to complement their designs. Architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens are pioneers in this field.

Design registration is an area that is often underestimated and ignored by local designers. Aesthetic and functional designs can be registered in South Africa. Functional designs are designs that have features which are necessitated by the function of the article to which the design is applied and are to a lesser extent relevant for this discussion. Aesthetic designs are more common and very relevant in the world of designs and can be utilised to obtain strong statutory protection for a period of 15 years.

Adams & Adams Registered Design Services

The filing and prosecution of registered design applications, and the enforcement of design rights, are handled by our Patents Department. A wide range of services are provided in regard to designs, including:

  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting design applications
  • Litigation on all aspects of design registrations
  • Drafting of licences and other agreements
Contact one of our Registered Design Services Professionals

Alexis Apostolidis

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Colin MacKenzie

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Danie Dohmen

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Dario Tanziani

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

James Davies

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Janice Galvad

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Johnny Fiandeiro

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Louis van der Walt

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Mohamed Jameel Hamid

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Nicky Garnett

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Nthabisheng Phaswana

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Philip Pla

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Pieter Visagie

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Russell Bagnall

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Vishen Pillay

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Wilhelm Prozesky

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Wynand Fourie

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Charleen Rupnarain

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Deborah Marsicano

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Ramon Pereira

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Sophia Smallbones

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

Thapelo Mmotong

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

How can we help you?

We have offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, please contact your nearest office for any legal enquiry or assistance.

Registered Design Related Articles

Adams & Adams Anticounterfeiting team roll out seizures of counterfeit roller bearings in 3 Provinces

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

After extensive investigations into a company importing and selling counterfeit branded roller bearings, the Adams & Adams Anti-Counterfeiting Team assisted the…

Regulator sanctions influencers over Lotto adverts – Comedians do not get the last laugh after failing to disclose that Twitter posts were paid advertising

Warning: Undefined array key 8386 in /usr/www/users/adamsvvbdg/wp-content/plugins/code-snippets/php/snippet-ops.php(505) : eval()'d code on line 2

The Advertising and Regulatory Board (ARB) recently handed down a decision holding that the videos posted by comedians Skhumba Hlophe and…