Registering IP - patents, trade marks, designs and copyright

It is essential to register your intellectual property in a timely manner. A retrospective effort to identify and protect assets that have been created and used without protection can be difficult, costly and not wholly effective. We offer comprehensive services to apply for and to prosecute trade mark and design registration.

Patents: A registered patent protects new inventions or innovations (ideas) and generally includes protection for how patented things work, what they do, how they do it and how they are made. An owner of a registered patent can take legal action to stop others from making, selling and using the patented invention without permission from the patent owner in the country where the patent applies. We work with our expert patent attorney colleagues to register and prosecute patents.

Trade marks: Trade mark registration is used to protect distinctive names and logos and other indicia, such as shape, colour and scent, used to badge your product and service in the market.

Designs: Design is the way an object looks - its shape and visual appeal. A design refers to the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation which gives a product a unique appearance, and must be new and distinctive. Registration of a design provides the owner with a monopoly to manufacture, sell, license, import and use articles embodying the protected design in the country where registration has been granted.

Copyright: Copyright is used to protect an owner's rights in written and visual works. Copyright can also be used to protect certain aspects of physical objects, such as artistic works, including paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures, collages, architecture, technical drawings, diagrams, maps, logos, layouts and typographical arrangements.