Author:Mark Warburton, the IP Guru

Registered Designs

Designs can be registered for shapes or configurations of articles or patterns or ornamentation applied to articles. Some examples are jewellery design, vacuum cleaners, furniture, toys, footwear, textiles, clothing and the shape of a new car headlight. Design registration is recommended for all important and...

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Patents protect inventions and innovations. The invention or innovation does not have to be ground-breaking to be protectable by a patent. However, it must at least be an improvement on what has come before. The subject matter of a patent must also be new. For example,...

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