UK Intellectual Property services | Protect your new product

Design and protect your new product

Developing your idea is an exciting and dynamic journey. Especially as each step brings you closer to the tantalising goal of commercial success. To support and increase this likelihood, you need advice from Intellectual Property (IP) specialists early in the idea development process.

To make the design and intellectual property advice process easy and more cost-efficient, we’ve developed an integrated approach with leading IP specialists Barker Brettell. We work together early in the product development process to identify how best to develop function, features and styling. All whilst safeguarding your unique design to protect your idea in the marketplace. Whether you are an entrepreneur or national business, Simple Design Works and Barker Brettell have plenty of experience to protect your products.

Your safest route to commercial success

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Your safest route to commercial success

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IP advice

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Guiding you on the best protection for your business

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  • Proven track record of taking products to market.
  • Strong team of creative product designers and engineers with production backgrounds. We’ll enable an exciting design that is manufacture-friendly and cost-efficient to produce.
  • Offering an honest opinion for every idea. We thoroughly evaluate your concept first before committing to its design. This increases your chances of commercial success.
  • We excel in customer care. Over 90% of our clients return.
  • With extensive connections in industry, we’re delighted to make introductions.
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  • One of the largest IP firms in the UK giving you unparalleled depth and breadth of service.
  • Our advice is clear and jargon-free.
  • An in-depth knowledge of a broad range of industries. Our specialist teams work collaboratively so you benefit from deep technical expertise.
  • We offer robust IP protection within your budget. Our flexible pricing structure gives you cost certainty and financial control.
  • We provide IP enforcement across borders. We have a strong track record in defending IP rights. Both UK and worldwide.


A patent stops a competitor from making, selling, using or importing something that works in the same way as your new idea. A patent can last for up to twenty years. It can provide you with a significant commercial advantage over competing businesses…

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Attorney and product designer discussing copyright in the product design office


Copyright is an unregistered right that comes into being automatically. Use it to prevent others from reproducing your work. Only specific types of work are eligible for protection. A significant amount of copyright may be created during the design process…

Registered design rights

A registered design protects the appearance of the whole or a part of a product. This includes features such as the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the whole or part of a product. Design registrations are often cheaper and quicker to obtain than trade marks or patents…

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Holding a prototype product after development and discussing trade marks

Trade mark

A trade mark is used to distinguish your product. Use a trade mark to protect your brand so your customer is confident of purchasing an authentic product. Working with Barker Brettell means you’re working with one of the largest private trade mark attorneys in the UK…

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