Article originally published in the Briefing paper for the BioIndustry Association on October 9, 2012

Background:
This note provides an introduction to trade marks and designs, from a European perspective. It aims to explain the relevance of trade marks and designs to bioscience companies. It has been prepared by Morag Peberdy of Covington & Burling LLP, who is a member of the BIA’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.
Further guidance on trade marks can be found at http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm.htm, and more information about designs is found at http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/design.htm. It is recommended that professional advice from a trade mark agent or intellectual property lawyer be sought before applying for trade mark or design right protection, or if a dispute arises in relation to trade marks or designs.

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Morag Peberdy has broad experience in all areas of intellectual property, where she advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Her wide-ranging expertise includes patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, database rights and confidential information, and covers drafting intellectual property agreements and infringement and contractual…

Morag Peberdy has broad experience in all areas of intellectual property, where she advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Her wide-ranging expertise includes patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, database rights and confidential information, and covers drafting intellectual property agreements and infringement and contractual disputes. Her particular focuses have been on patent work in the life science sector, and in advising branded goods companies.