Designs

Preliminary searches

We perform searches on registered Spanish, European Community and international designs, as well as on designs registered in the main offices worldwide. For this purpose, ZBM uses the best available databases or, if required, we carry out the desired search through our foreign associates.

Being aware of the previously registered designs allows the applicant to devise the most suitable commercial and IP strategy.

Design filing and prosecution

We file and prosecute applications for national designs, European Community designs and international designs for the formal appearance of the whole product or part of it.

We also file and prosecute design applications worldwide through our network of foreign associates.

Infringement and validity reports

We prepare and draw up reports, both for our clients’ information and also to be used in legal actions, evaluating the validity of a design or the risk of infringement of a third party’s rights. These reports allow to devise the best strategy for the launch onto the market of a new product and/or its registration as a design.

The infringement and validity reports may be based on a search and/or on the information previously known by the client.

Oppositions and appeals

We file and reply to oppositions and appeals, both before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) and the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM). We prepare and draft the corresponding grounds and arguments.

IP agreements and negotiations

ZBM handles all procedures of assignments, mergers, changes of name, licenses and other IP agreements, both for individual cases and full portfolios. This includes negotiating with the parties, drafting and reviewing the required documents, as well as providing our legal advice throughout all the steps of the recordal of the resulting agreements in the corresponding offices.