When you start a business, look at the ways you can use intellectual property to give you an advantage. Information in this section assists both new and old business owners in everything from business planning to franchising.
IP protection in the fashion industry is complex but important. This information is designed to help you understand what you need to do to maintain and defend your rights.
Patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights (PBR) all require periodic registration renewal. You must pay the appropriate renewal fees on time to maintain your IP rights
IP protects Indigenous culture and products and gives you the ability to profit from them. By protecting your IP with trade marks, design registrations and patents, your goods and services become even more valuable.
Before you apply for a patent, it is important to conduct a comprehensive search for patent information. IPAustralia's search databases provide an important first step in your patent application process.
Official Australian site for Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR). A PBR is legally enforceable and gives you, the owner, exclusive rights to commercially use it, sell it, direct the production, sale and distribution of it, and receive royalties from the sale of plants.
Before committing to register a particular trade mark it is important that you conduct a comprehensive search to make sure the trade mark you want to use is available. A trade mark search will disclose both registered trademarks and trademarks applied for.
Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, trade mark, a design or the practical application of your idea. Learn about IP and how it applies to you and your business.