What is Intellectual Property (ip)?
IP is the term used to describe creative ideas. Many think that just because they thought of it, it is theirs. But the reality is there are potentially many others who may have thought of it, and protected it too.
The risks can be minimised if research is conducted by a qualified Patent Attorney, and protection is established.
Our firms specialisation is in Patents, Trademarks and Design rights. These fields are a niche all in their own right and should not be attempted with online applications by people without legal degrees.
Patent Attorneys and Trademark Attorneys are often referred to by Businesses as Brand Lawyers, Trademark Lawyers, Patent Lawyers, Patent or Trademark Solicitors.
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Can you D.I.Y.?
Yes, you can, but there are substantial risks of infringement, litigation and spending a substantial time, money and effort on a creation which is simply not yours, and you will need to give it away to the true owner eventually.
If you think you can lodge whatever content you think is right and make assumptions and be forgiven if that is wrong, but it doesn’t work like that.
If you are not covered, then you don’t get a second chance to amend the rights to include gaps or problems caused to rights by the manner in which you are commercial trading and not fulfilling your legal obligations.
Not only may your Registration not protect you, but it will actually prevent (in many cases) an Attorney from assisting you later because your D.I.Y. application will usually cause an objection to the later application.
For example, a Patent will be rejected if the idea is disclosed in a prior patent that may be written by you before you saw a practitioner.
In the 21 years we have practised, we have never seen a Trademark Application lodged by a business owner which was correct. Many of the issues are now going to the Federal Court and D.I.Y. owners are finding that they have no legal position because the applications or their processes were not correct.
Read our Blog for the latest where some of the Court cases are summarised so you can avoid making the same mistakes.
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