Patents, trade marks and designs – basic information

Some basic information about patents, trade marks and designs, as well as how to obtain these IP rights, can be obtained by following the links below.  However, we appreciate that looking into IP rights for the first time can be quite daunting and it is our experience that a short telephone conversation with us can usually help you to decide whether pursuing an IP right is appropriate for you and, if so, guide you in the right direction.  This could potentially save a lot of your precious time, so why not contact us now?  A preliminary discussion about IP rights in general will not cost you anything.

A patent protects the concept behind your idea.  For general information about patents, click here.  If you have more specific questions about patents, please contact us and we will send you further information.

An excellent resource for inventors is the Inventors’ Handbook, published by the European Patent Office.  Although some sections are understandably a little Eurocentric, this document sets out well the steps involved in getting an idea onto the market, as well as the challenges in doing so.  The EPO Inventors’ Handbook can be accessed by clicking here.

A trade mark protects your brand from being used by others.  For general information about trade marks, click here.  If you have more specific questions about trade marks, please contact us and we will send you further information.

A design protects the “look” of your product.  For general information about designs, click here.  If you have more specific questions about designs, please contact us and we will send you further information.

Importantly, filing an application for an IP right is usually only the first step in a process that (hopefully) results in a granted IP right, and it will almost always be necessary to take further actions and incur further costs after an application has been filed.  When deciding on a patent attorney to use, make sure the post-filing process and costs are well explained to you.  Sometimes patent attorneys discount their charges for preparing and filing an application, but then charge more during the post-filing process. At Foundry Intellectual Property, the majority of our charges during the post-filing process are fixed, and we always make sure that you are informed about both the post-filing process and indicative costs for each stage of the process. We firmly believe that you need this information in order to make an informed commercial decision.

Foundry Intellectual Property uses specialised software and service providers to ensure that deadlines for your IP rights are carefully managed.  We also have an intimate knowledge of the processes involved in obtaining IP rights in Australia and New Zealand and an extensive knowledge of corresponding processes in many foreign countries.  We report developments to you in plain English and in the context of their relevance to your business.