When deciding on an IP or trademark firm to work with, it is quite natural to ask:
Is this firm any good? Are they reliable?
How's the quality?
Are they prompt?
Are they reasonably priced?
How long have they been around?
Well, to get your answers, the best option is to go to the firm's website to find out more. Most of the time, you will find very informative and detailed information about the firm, telling you exactly what you want to hear, i.e. that the firm has been around for many years, provides prompt, quality, reliable and cost-effective services.
This may be true of most firms, of course, but then how do you decide on which firm to work with when most of them have the same qualities and attributes? One way is to ask for a referral from a friend or colleague. Another, more effective way is simply to try out the firm and let the work speak for itself. This is what we, at Seiter IP Consultants LLP, advocate. Like most other trademark and IP firms, we too offer high quality, prompt, reliable and cost-effective trademark, design, copyright, domain name and other business-related IP services in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. But, we have three important differences.
You enjoy fixed fees
By engaging our services, you will have a concrete picture of the costs ahead of time.
Unlike most firms, we do not charge on an hourly rate basis for a lot of the work we do. Rather, we charge on a fixed-fee basis. We do so even for reviewing, advising and responding to office actions and/or Provisional Refusals.
We do not charge for status updates nor do we charge for initial preliminary assessment of a matter. We are able to do this because we enjoy exclusive preferred fee arrangements with our local agents.
Our clients come to us because they are frustrated in dealing with multiple agents in Southeast Asia and prefer working with one firm, one contact, without the hassle of dealing with various agents, inconsistent reporting styles, language barriers and below-par legal advice.
Although we do charge about 10% to 20% more in professional fees, there is certainly no double charge because our size allows for more flexibility with costs. As we have structured our business differently, we hope that you will give us the opportunity to show you how we work.
What's in a name? Everything.®
What is a registered design?
A registered design is an exclusive right granted to the owner of the design to make, sell or import products embodying a design which is a copy or substantial copy of a protected design when such acts are undertaken for commercial purposes. Unlike a patent which protects the functionality of a product, a design protects the aesthetics of a product, i.e. the features of shape, configuration, colours, pattern or ornament applied to a product.
A registered design may consist of three-dimensional features, for example, the shape of the product, or two-dimensional features, for example, patterns, lines or color. To register a design, your design must be novel (not disclosed publicly) and it must be applied to any article. The period of protection is typically 15 years, renewable every 5 years.
Why should I protect my design?
A registered design in most countries is relatively easy to register, with only a formalities examination. Although it is different from a patent registered designs too can be an invaluable asset to a company and generate revenue for a business through investor funding or licensing deals with third parties or outright sale of the design for a good price.
How can we help you? Our scope of services include:
Design portfolio management in Southeast Asia.
Design search before filing your design.
Determining the novelty of product design prior to filing your design.
Advising on Locarno classification prior to filing your design.
Design registration in different Southeast Asian jurisdictions.
Renewal of design registration.
Design revocation action.
Design infringement litigation
Drafting/responding to cease and desist letters.
Updating change in design ownership or name.