We currently source a product from Helping Hand Co (Ledbury) Ltd, called a Professional Trigger Operated Litter Picker (Image attached). We are looking at starting to import a copy of this product from a manufacturer in China and we therefore need to thoroughly check out and ensure that we are not infringing any intellectual property rights before we do so.
Via the IPO search device we have found some details of a design registration which we believe relates to this product. The details of this are as follows: Espacenet Bibliographic data: USD623492 (S1) - 2010-09-14 Gripping end of hand held gripping device. Inventor James Gavin Hugh. Applicant Helping Hand Co Ledbury GB Ltd. Classification - International - Cooperative. Application Number: US20100356900F 20100304. Priority Number: US20100356900F 20100304. Abstract not available for USD623492 (S1).
We require you to perform a search and advise on the existence of patents, patent applications, design registrations and unregistered rights that may cover this litter picker. You must also advise whether any or all of these rights remain in force in the UK. If we find any valid and enforceable rights you must provide a full appraisal and advice as to if and how it is possible to avoid infringing those rights. You must search and advise on any further rights that cover the litter picker but that are not in the name of Helping Hand Co. For example, those rights could be in the name of third party companies or individuals who then licence those rights to Helping Hand Co or otherwise allow Helping Hand Co to sell products that fall within the scope of their rights. Furthermore, there may be unregistered design rights, trade mark and passing off issues that exist in the litter picker, if so, you will be required to advise on these.