PATENTS

Patents can be used to protect new innovations in both products and processes. If you want protection internationally, separate applications need to be filed. In Australia, a patent can be obtained quickly, within 6 months, or slowly, depending on the business needs. Ideally, a patent application will be submitted before an invention is made public. Patent literature searches can be conducted before or after filing to check if your invention is new.

The following are examples of great Australian inventions:

Google Maps

Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen developed the platform for Google Maps in Sydney in the early 2000s. Along with Australians Neil Gordon and Stephen Ma, they founded a small start-up company called Where 2 Technologies in 2003. The following year it was bought by internet giant Google, which also hired the four men, and the technology was turned into what we now know as Google Maps.

Polymer bank notes

Plastic bank notes were developed in a combined effort by the Reserve Bank of Australia and CSIRO in the 1980s. The first plastic bank note to be put into circulation was the $10 note, released in 1988 to celebrate the bicentenary. In 1996, we became the first country to have a complete set of plastic currency.Traditionally, bank notes are made from paper, cloth fibres or a combination of both. Our bank notes are made from a special polymer which, along with a series of in-built security devices, makes them almost impossible to counterfeit. They also last about 10 times longer than traditional bank notes.

Electric drill

DIY-enthusiasts can thank an Aussie for this indispensable piece of equipment. In 1889, Australian electrical engineer Arthur James Arnot patented the world’s first electric drill with his colleague William Brain. The invention was originally designed to drill rock and dig coal, and although it was a long way from the portable hand-drills used today throughout the world, the underlyng technology was the same.

TRADE MARKS

A trade mark is used to differentiate your goods or services from others.

It is a critical piece of your business IP.

Many believe a business name registration is enough to protect their business but a business name registration is simply an entry on a register, without any capacity to prevent others using the same name.

A trade mark registration provides protection.

All of the best brands, like VEGEMITE ® are trade mark protected.

BONDiP can register your trade mark as well as your business name.

Contact us for more information of trade marks and business names.

DESIGNS

Registered designs are a particularly useful form of protection. They protect aesthetic elements of a design applied to a product.

Designs are perfect for stopping counterfeit products without the need to prove copying. As long as the designs look the same or are substantially similar, a registered design can be used to take a competitors product off the market.

Contact us for more information on registered designs.

INTERNATIONAL

A first-filed application in Australia can be used as a priority application internationally under the Paris Convention.

So, an international filing program can be established in your home country and then overseas applications can follow within 12 months for patents and 6 months for trade marks and designs.

For patents, an International patent application is also available which provides a single application framework that covers around 150 countries. For trade marks, an international application can be filed using the Madrid System.

Contact us for more information on international IP rights.

PATENTS

Patents can be used to protect new innovations in both products and processes. If you want protection internationally, separate applications need to be filed. In Australia, a patent can be obtained quickly, within 6 months, or slowly, depending on the business needs. Ideally, a patent application will be submitted before an invention is made public. Patent literature searches can be conducted before or after filing to check if your invention is new.

The following are examples of great Australian inventions:

Google Maps

Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen developed the platform for Google Maps in Sydney in the early 2000s. Along with Australians Neil Gordon and Stephen Ma, they founded a small start-up company called Where 2 Technologies in 2003. The following year it was bought by internet giant Google, which also hired the four men, and the technology was turned into what we now know as Google Maps.

Polymer bank notes

Plastic bank notes were developed in a combined effort by the Reserve Bank of Australia and CSIRO in the 1980s. The first plastic bank note to be put into circulation was the $10 note, released in 1988 to celebrate the bicentenary. In 1996, we became the first country to have a complete set of plastic currency.Traditionally, bank notes are made from paper, cloth fibres or a combination of both. Our bank notes are made from a special polymer which, along with a series of in-built security devices, makes them almost impossible to counterfeit. They also last about 10 times longer than traditional bank notes.

Electric drill

DIY-enthusiasts can thank an Aussie for this indispensable piece of equipment. In 1889, Australian electrical engineer Arthur James Arnot patented the world’s first electric drill with his colleague William Brain. The invention was originally designed to drill rock and dig coal, and although it was a long way from the portable hand-drills used today throughout the world, the underlyng technology was the same.

TRADE MARKS

A trade mark is used to differentiate your goods or services from others.

It is a critical piece of your business IP.

Many believe a business name registration is enough to protect their business but a business name registration is simply an entry on a register, without any capacity to prevent others using the same name.

A trade mark registration provides protection.

All of the best brands, like VEGEMITE ® are trade mark protected.

BONDiP can register your trade mark as well as your business name.

Contact us for more information of trade marks and business names.

DESIGNS

Registered designs are a particularly useful form of protection. They protect aesthetic elements of a design applied to a product.

Designs are perfect for stopping counterfeit products without the need to prove copying. As long as the designs look the same or are substantially similar, a registered design can be used to take a competitors product off the market.

Contact us for more information on registered designs.

INTERNATIONAL

A first-filed application in Australia can be used as a priority application internationally under the Paris Convention.

So, an international filing program can be established in your home country and then overseas applications can follow within 12 months for patents and 6 months for trade marks and designs.

For patents, an International patent application is also available which provides a single application framework that covers around 150 countries. For trade marks, an international application can be filed using the Madrid System.

Contact us for more information on international IP rights.

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

BONDiP founder, Damon Henshaw, has 30 years experience in the IP industry.

Damon grew up in Geelong and moved to Melbourne to study physics, mathematics and electrical engineering at the University of Melbourne. Damon qualified with an Honours Degree in theoretical astrophysics and while studying started work as a trainee patent attorney working on nuclear fusion during summer holidays.

He subsequently qualified as a Patent Attorney and became a senior partner in one of Australia’s leading IP firms while working for overseas clients and well as local clients in Geelong, Adelaide, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Sydney. Damon established a Parramatta office and developed a practice in Greater Western Sydney while also working in Newcastle, Cardiff and down through the Central Coast.

Damon really enjoys helping local businesses grow. His own business portfolio has included a bar in Melbourne’s CBD, a hotel in Port Melbourne, an indoor paintball business as well as some residential building development in Sydney. Damon was also a Sydney Angel, providing advice and start-up capital to new businesses such as Happy Co., The Best Day and Ollo Wearables as well as investing in Cook Islands medical technology via CIMTECH.

During his career, Damon has established a network of overseas associates to assist in securing protection internationally.

In 2017 Damon was Chair of the Organising Committee that welcomed over 2000 international delegates to Sydney for the AIPPI (Association of Intellectual Property Practitioners, International) World IP Conference. Damon subsequently became President of the Australian Group of AIPPI which helps harmonise and promote IP internationally to better assist clients.

BONDiP bonds careful IP portfolio management, awareness and advice with experience and delivery.

CONTACT US

Bondi Pacific, 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

303/15-87 Gladstone Street South Melbourne VIC

+61 417157457