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

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, and more information about designs is found at 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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