Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia and New Zealand
Please select any of the links below for additional information and process diagrams regarding Patents, Trade Marks and Design Registrations.
A patent is a legally enforceable right that provides the owner with the exclusive right, for a limited period, to exploit an invention in exchange for publically disclosing the invention in a patent specification. The term of a standard patent in Australia is 20 years.
A trade mark is a sign which distinguishes one trader’s goods or services from those of other traders.
A trade mark can take the form of a word, phrase, letter, number, logo, picture, shape, sound, scent, an aspect of packaging, or any combination of these.
A registered design gives a design owner a monopoly right to the overall visual appearance of a product resulting from one or more visual features such as shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation.