IP (Intellectual property)
Intellectual property (IP) is the general name given to the laws covering patents, trade marks, copyright, etc. This page links to information about these different types of intellectual property: patents; trade marks; copyright; trade secrets/confidentiality; registered designs; circuit layout rights and Plant Breeder's Rights.
Department of Industry
IP Australia is the government agency responsible for the registration of patents, trade marks and designs. This site contains information about how to protect and gain maximum benefit from your intellectual property. The IP Australia website provides online services and search facilities, as well as a substantial list of resources and links.
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.