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What do patents, designs and trade marks cost?

What do patents, designs and trade marks cost? – 24 August 2012 Patents, design registrations and trade mark registrations are forms of Intellectual Property (IP) protection that can be used to stop others copying your products, processes and trade marks. They are also commercial assets which can be bought and sold like other assets. Just […]

Stopping copycats – protecting innovation from imitation

Stopping copycats – protecting innovation from imitation – 20 February 2012 Innovation in Australian manufacturing is often left open to copying when it shouldn’t be. Australian manufacturers and their engineers can be too modest. All too often they consider their new products and/or processes to be simple or “nothing special” rather than recognising them as […]

Protecting the function of new products and processes

Protecting the function of new products and processes – 8 August 2011 Patents can be used to stop others copying important functional details of your new products and processes. A patent is a commercial asset which gives its owner the right to stop others “exploiting” an “invention”. “Exploiting” includes making, selling, using and importing. The […]

Protecting the appearance of your new products

Protecting the appearance of your new products – 1 May 2011 Design registration can be used to stop others copying the appearance of your new product and is often recommended if: the appearance of the product is important (e.g. many consumer goods); the appearance of the product is dictated by function; there is a significant […]

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