Expert analysis of key visual product features is the foundation of every industrial design application
Industrial design rights, a vital way to protect the aesthetic appearance of a new product, depend heavily on the scope of protection claimed in the drawings used to depict the design. Careful analysis is required to ensure that the acquired rights provide an appropriate and valuable scope of protection.
Understanding the unique aspects of a product’s design that set it apart from the competition and present value to customers is at the heart of obtaining strong and enforceable rights.
The team at Smart & Biggar has gained this insight from decades of working in and helping to shape the industrial design landscape in Canada.
With a deep understanding of our clients’ business goals, extensive technical knowledge and industrial design experience, our lawyers and agents focus both on the details and the big picture. Our purpose is to develop, protect, procure, manage and enforce industrial design rights to further our clients’ business objectives. We manage every step of the process for our clients with precision and care.
Our team regularly guides both domestic and international clients in obtaining industrial design protection in Canada and assists Canadian clients with obtaining protection worldwide through referrals to our network of international law firms specializing in IP. For Canadian industrial design applications, our lawyers carefully and expertly handle every step in the process, leveraging their deep experience with local examiners to efficiently ensure optimal results.
Services we provide in this area:
- Product design clearance and freedom to operate searches and opinions
- Industrial design validity and infringement opinions
- Responses to allegations of infringement
- Licensing, assignment and monetization programs