- Trade marks
- Plant breeder's rights
- Understanding IP
- IP infringement
Registration and certification are often confused. They are both stages in the design application process.
Registration protects your design for five years from the date the application was filed and can be renewed for a further five years.
If you do not renew your design it will cease. Once the design has ceased it passes into the public domain and is free for anyone to use.
A registered right gives you, the owner:
Once a design has been registered it can be examined. If the examination results in certification your design right is then legally enforceable.
The benefits of certifying your design right are that if another person uses your design without your permission you can take action to stop them. You can only do this if your design is certified.
To be certified, a design must be new and distinctive.
The main purpose of examination is to find earlier, similar designs to the one you wish to protect. If the examiner finds an earlier design which looks too similar to yours, your design may not pass examination. It does not matter who owns the earlier design. Even your own earlier design can prevent you from protecting a later design.
The difference between registration and certification
There are six stages in the design process. Registration and certification occur at different stages:
1. you file a design
2. you can request your design be registered
3. we will do a formalities check
4. once the formalities check is successful and/or any issues are resolved your design is registered
5. once your design is registered we can examine the design if you have asked us to do this
6. if we find your design to be new and distinctive we advise you that your design is certified - meaning you now have legal exclusive rights over your design.
Trade mark basics
Find out what a trade mark is and learn about the differences between a trade mark and a design right, business name or domain name.
Types of trade marks
A trade mark is not limited to being a corporate logo. It could also be a jingle, your business name painted on the side of your truck or even a scent.
Benefits of a trade mark
A trade mark can be your most valuable marketing tool. It is your business identity that helps you promote your products or services.
The examination process is where we check your application to make sure it contains all the correct information and meets legislative requirements.
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