Intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term used to describe property rights created as a result of intellectual effort.
Some IP rights must be registered to legally come into effect, such as patents, registered designs, registered trade marks and plant breeder’s rights. Others, such as copyright, circuit layout rights, trade secrets, goodwill or commercial reputation attached to a trade mark, confidential information, generally subsist at law upon creation or use provided certain conditions are met.
The role of patent and trade marks attorneys lies primarily in helping you to register the IP rights of your patents, trade marks and industrial designs.
If you have intellectual property that can be registered as a right in Australia, such as an invention, trade mark, design or new plant variety, which you would like to protect in Australia or overseas countries, you should seek the advice of a registered patent or trade marks attorney.
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To find out more about the forms of intellectual property rights that can be registered in Australia please look at the following pages: