Patents and designs

Inventions are the tangible result of business innovation and technological development, and are protected under the form of patents or utility models in some countries.

A patent grants its owner an exclusive right to exploit an invention and prevent third parties from commercially exploiting or using it without their consent. Patents are generally granted for a period of 20 years from the filing date, and are subject to the payment of annuity fees each year to keep them in force. Utility models are generally granted for a period of ten years from the filing date and are also subject to the payment of annuity fees.

An industrial design protects the external appearance of a product in its entirety or partially resulting from its lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the product or its ornamentation.

An industrial design grants its owner an exclusive right to use it and prevent third parties from using it without their consent. Designs are granted for an initial period of five years staring from the filing date, and they may be renewed for subsequent periods of five years up to a maximum of 25 years from the filing date.

Our patent services

Our main services include:

  • Advice on the viability of patenting your invention
  • Analysing patent portfolios and determining their strength
  • Implementing a patent watching system to monitor your competitors’ patents and keep abreast of the latest developments
  • Drafting patent specifications
  • Filing and prosecuting patent applications through to grant directly or around the world thanks to our reliable network of associates
  • Drafting and filing replies to official objections or oppositions
  • Drafting and filing oppositions, appeals, infringement actions or invalidity/cancellation actions
  • Preparing and filing applications for recordal of an assignment, change of name or change of address
  • Attending to the payment of annuity fees
  • Validation of European Patents in Spain and the rest of Europe
  • Translation of patent specifications
  • Preparación y presentación de solicitudes de inscripción de transferencias, cambios de nombre o cambios de dirección
  • Pago de anualidades de mantenimiento
  • Validación de patentes europeas en España y el resto de Europa
  • Traducción de memorias de patente

Our design services

Our main services include:

  • Advice on the viability of registering your product as a design
  • Analysing trademark portfolios and determining their strength
  • Filing and prosecuting designs through to registration directly or around the world thanks to our reliable network of associates
  • Drafting and filing replies to official objections or oppositions
  • Drafting and filing oppositions, appeals, infringement actions or invalidity/cancellation actions
  • Preparing and filing applications for recordal of an assignment, change of name or change of address
  • Filing renewal applications