Welcome to the eighth edition of DesignWrites 

At Bird & Bird we’re passionate about design. DesignWrites unravels and explores the seemingly complex world of design protection, offering practical advice by looking at recent design cases, hearing from industry experts and sharing stories from the wider design community.

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If you would like advice on how best to protect your designs or take action to stop copycats, please contact Ewan Grist via ewan.grist@twobirds.com

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UK: The Supreme Court upholds finding of non-infringement in long running Trunki case

In March 2016, the UK Supreme Court dismissed Magmatic's appeal against the Court of Appeal's finding that its registered Community design was not infringed by PMS' Kiddee Case product.

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UK: Now that the dust has settled on Trunki, some valuable reminders for designers

The Supreme Court's recent decision in Trunki was unsurprisingly met with uproar in the design community, amid renewed calls for more to be
done to protect innovative design in the UK.

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EU: Why registered Community designs (RCDs) are a helpful tool against infringers in the EU

Designers have a variety of different mechanisms at their disposal to protect the design of their work product. For example, protection can be achieved by trade mark, design and/or copyright law and also competition law.

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The importance of design in the workplace

This autumn, Bird & Bird will open its contemporary new building at 12 New Fetter Lane. With plans to grow its London headcount, all of the firm's London lawyers will be under one roof in a specially commissioned new building in the heart of London's legal district.

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3D printing – a game changer?

Following in the footsteps of many Bird & Bird offices, on 1 March 2016 our Budapest team hosted a seminar on 3D printing to give clients the opportunity to learn more about this rapidly evolving and potentially disruptive technology.

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EU: The "repair clause" cannot affect trade mark protection

On 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") issued a preliminary ruling in the case between Ford Motor Company and Wheeltrims srl (C-500/14). The CJEU decided that the "repair clause" contained in the designs regulations could not limit the trade mark protection that existed.

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New EU tool harmonises product indications for registered Community designs

Varying interpretations of acceptable PIs among Member States have resulted in the development of different practices in national intellectual property offices.

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Upcoming industry events and awards

We share the best design events and awards you need to know about.

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