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Patents protect new and inventive products or processes that give your business a competitive advantage. The following is important patent-related information we suggestions clients become familiar with:
Patents can be granted in as few as 6 months in Australia, or they could take a much longer depending on business needs
Starting early on is key. Ideally, we will submit the patent application before an invention is made public.
Patent literature searches can be conducted before or after filing to check if your invention is new.
Trademarks provide protection for branding that connects your business to your goods or services. Trademarks are an essential protective measure against copying and counterfeiting of your IP.
All competitive brands, like VEGEMITE ®, are protected by a trademark
BONDiP can register your trademark and your business name
Contact our experts early in researching trademarks and business names so our patent and trademark attorneys can help guide your process
DESIGN RIGHTS APPLICATIONS
Design rights protect the aesthetic of an article and provide a simple form of right that is easy to apply against imitation products.
Registered designs protect aesthetic elements of a design applied to a product
As long as the designs look the same or are substantially similar, a registered design can be used to take a competitor’s product off the market.
INTERNATIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS
We have an international network of associated attorneys to help secure your rights internationally.
Under the Paris Convention, the first-filed application in Australia can be used as a priority application internationally
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 covers around 150 countries
DID YOU KNOW?
Some incredible things we use every day were invented (and patented) right here in Australia.
The technology behind what eventually became Google Maps was developed in Sydney by Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen. Lars and Jens later partnered with Australians Neil Gordon and Stephen Ma to found a small start-up, Where 2 Technologies, which they sold to Google a year later. The four men continued working at Google after the acquisition in order to create the Google Maps we know today.
POLYMER BANK NOTES
Traditionally, bank notes are made from paper, cloth fibres or a combination of both. In 1996, Australia became the first country to have a complete set of plastic currency. 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.
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.