• Design lawyers x Design lovers

    Most people have heard of copyright and trade marks… But what about designs law?

    For product designers, artists and creatives in general, understanding (and utilising) designs law can be crucial to commercialise and protect new and distinctive designs.

    As lovers of beautiful, inventive and unique products, and specialists in designs law, we help clients utilise Australian and international design protection to stay at the top of their game.

    Who we work with

    Our clients and capabilities extend across a range of industries. We represent designers of fashion, jewellery, ceramics, homewares, marine habitat infrastructure, furniture, toys, equipment and more.

    For more information about the industries we work with, take a look at our client industries here 

    Looking for legal assistance or advice? We’d love to help. Get in touch with one of our design lawyers today. 

    Design law advice services

    We provide specialised advice on design law, such as: 

    • The application of the Designs Act 2003 (Cth). 
    • Navigating the intersection between copyright law and designs law. 
    • Protection and commercialisation of designs.
    • Competitor design registration checks on the Australian Designs Register. 
    • Design infringement advice. 

    Design contract services

    We can draft, review and negotiate a range of contracts relating to design, including: 

    • Design services agreements. 
    • Design commission agreements.
    • Collaboration agreements.  
    • Supply and manufacture agreements. 
    • Wholesale supply agreements. 
    • Online store terms and conditions, returns policies and privacy policies.  
    • Licensing agreements. 
    • Joint venture agreements. 
    • Confidentiality agreements.

    Design commercialisation services

    We can help you commercialise your creativity in the design industry in a range of ways, including: 

    • Applications to register and certify your designs (in Australia and internationally). 
    • Design licensing and assignment. 
    • Design services agreements. 
    • Design commission agreements.

    Design infringement services

    We have specialist experience dealing with design infringements and disputes, including: 

    • Drafting and responding to cease and desist letters. 
    • Alternative dispute resolution. 
    • Negotiations and mediation. 
    • Design infringement proceedings and litigation.

    Legacy and estate planning services

    Looking to create an ‘artist legacy’ to pass on to your family, friends, charities or others? We can assist with things such as: 

    • Advice on estate planning in relation to your intellectual property assets.  
    • Drafting wills and testamentary documents. 
    • Gallery bequests. 

    Common problems our design lawyers solve

    • How can I protect my designs? 
    • Is my design registrable?
    • What is the difference between copyright, trade marks, designs and patents? Which is best for my design?
    • Someone has copied my design, what can I do? 
    • I want to sell products I have designed on my website. What legal terms do I need? 
    • I want to engage a manufacturer to make my designs into products, what contracts do I need?