How will Brexit impact patents and intellectual property?
24 May 2019
The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. How will this change affect intellectual property law and current rights holders around the world?
How long does copyright protection last?
29 May 2018
Copyright protection allows creators to protect their works - but it doesn't last forever. What is the time period in Australia?
How to avoid infringing others’ IP rights
23 May 2018
There's a lot of IP in the world, so the chances of accidentally infringing on someone else's is not negligible. How do you avoid this?
Why you need to develop an infringement strategy
16 May 2018
Defending your intellectual property from infringement is a headache. You need to decide what the appropriate response is, depending on a number of factors including who the infringer is, your budget and what you stand to gain from taking action. What you need, in other words, is an infringement strategy.
Is this the end of “doing a shoey?”
09 May 2018
Doing a 'shoey' - drinking out of a shoe - is a celebration pioneered in Australia. A recent trademark, however, has been granted to the company that manages licensing for Formula 1, in some key product areas. What's the story behind this bizarre (and more than a little disgusting) practice and trademark?
Who owns the copyright for collaborative works?
30 April 2018
When you collaborate with another party on developing some new IP, the question around who will own it always arises. Unfortunately, it hardly ever comes with an easy answer. Co-ownership agreements are an option, but they can bring with them all sorts of headaches. What are some of the alternatives?
What’s the problem with genericide?
27 April 2018
When a brand name becomes a generic term for all the products in its market, it's a nightmare for the companies that own the IP. Generification of terms represents a tremendous loss of value for companies, and in the worst cases can end up in them losing the legal protections for their IP.
Are there words you can’t trademark?
23 April 2018
Trademarks are designed to distinguish your products from others on the market. But are there any words that they can't contain? As it happens, there are. Generic terms that don't single out your product from others using that terms are unlikely to be successfully trademarked.
How can you transfer intellectual property rights?
18 April 2018
When you've got some IP assets in your business that you're no longer able to take advantage of, what can you do? You basically have two options - license the rights out to someone else or sell the IP outright in an assignment deal. What are the details of each and which should you use for your IP.
Innovation patents live to protect IP another day
06 April 2018
Innovation patents aren't going to leave us just yet! In a surprising move by IP Australia, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced to Parliament without the section on scrapping the innovation patents system. This is hopeful news for smaller businesses looking to protect their IP.