Design registration affords protection specifically directed at the visual features of an article, that is, the shape and appearance of an industrial article. This can be relied upon to prevent others from making, importing, using or disposing of articles within the same class and embodying the registered design or a design not substantially different from it. Besides handling the filing of your design registration, Adams & Adams is able to handle prosecution of design applications, and the enforcement of design rights in South Africa, Africa and the world.
Any interested person who can show that the rights in a registered design are being abused in the manner outlined in the Act, may apply to the court in the prescribed manner for the granting of a compulsory licence in respect of the registered design.
The designs team of Adams & Adams Attorneys is best placed to assist you in defending your design, as well as handling all the legal and administrative requirements relating to the transferring of a design right for your benefit.