Intellectual Property Law

Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia and New Zealand

IP Information

We have information and process diagrams regarding Trade Marks and Design Registrations.

Patents

A patent is a legally enforceable right that provides the owner with the exclusive right, for a limited period, to exploit an invention in exchange for publically disclosing the invention in a patent specification. The term of a standard patent in Australia is 20 years. Click here for more…

Trade Marks

A trade mark is a sign which distinguishes one trader’s goods or services from those of other traders. A trade mark can take the form of a word, phrase, letter, number, logo, picture, shape, sound, scent, an aspect of packaging, or any combination of these. In Australia trade mark registration is not compulsory, however protection provides an easier and more cost effective system of enforcing trade mark rights than is available to owners of unregistered trade marks. Click here for more…

Design Registrations

A registered design gives a design owner a monopoly right to the overall visual appearance of a product resulting from one or more visual features such as shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation. Design Registration in Australia is governed by the Designs Act 2003 which has been introduced with an aim to provide stronger Intellectual Property rights for design owners. Click here for more…