Patents, Trademarks & DEsigns

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Intellectual Property (IP) has many forms. We specialise in three main IP areas:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Design protection


Patents

For protecting idea, inventions, processes, methods and systems.

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TRADEMARKS

For protecting idea, inventions, processes, methods and systems.

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DESIGNS

For protecting the new shape, configuration, ornamentation or pattern of a product.

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General Advice

What is critical is that the applications are legally perfect to actually stop an infringement.

This aspect is not checked during examination by IP Australia as they do not provide legal advice.

Issuance of a Registered Design, Registered Trademark, or Granted Patent, may be useless in protecting you.

And you will not be warned about this unless it is checked by a Patent Attorney before lodgement.

CAN I DIY?

Also, if you think you can lodge whatever content you think is right and if it isn't right you'll somehow be offered a chance to change it, you couldn't be further away from the truth.

Not only may your Registration not protect you, but it will actually prevent (in many cases) an Attorney from re-filing because the first application will count against the new one.

For example, a patent cannot be lodged if it is already disclosed in another prior patent.

A new trademark cannot be lodged if another party actually lodges the same application for the right content. Your content may be for the wrong content or invalidate your application, and then you will be left with the other party having the rights and you have no protection.

We have seen this happen many times when business owners have applied themselves without professional help.