Intellectual property

Intellectual property

Find startup business help, news, features and advice on intellectual property, from applying for a trademark or patent to protecting your intellectual property.

Advice How do I apply for a trademark, copyright or patent?

Applying for a trademark, copyright or patent are three very different classifications and each requires a separate approach.

Advice How do I protect my intellectual property?

You can protect your intellectual property through a number of different legal methods. But you should be vigilant in also safeguarding and maintaining your secrecy around your business plans.

News “True-blue” company forced to take patented technology to Texas

The founder of Victorian company FreshBins has highlighted the importance of having a good patent attorney, after lamenting the lack of local investment in FreshBins’ patented technology.

Mentors Can we trademark a unique logo with a generic business name?

While this is a complicated situation, there are a few important things you need to know before you visit the trademark office.

Features Why lawyers are failing start-ups

There are many regulations you need to deal with when starting a business. However, how many traditional law firms aren’t designed to help new start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

News US media company Business Insider takes NSW start-up to court over name

A NSW online media start-up has been hit by legal action taken by a similarly named rival, New York-based firm The Business Insider, which claims the Australian enterprise is guilty of “misleading and deceptive” conduct by using the moniker.

News Six key things needed to boost Aussie innovation: Report

A new Federal Government-commissioned report has outlined six key initiatives to drive Australian innovation, including improving the way commercial agreements are negotiated and helping businesses better engage with researchers.

Features How to hurdle Australia’s tough new patent laws

Changes to the country’s patent laws require start-ups to prove their big ideas are truly innovative. Here’s what you need to know. BY NINA HENDY.

Taskmaster The empty office, postmodern-style

Taskmaster Enterprises has just invested in a broken John Deere combine harvester. However, in an empty office, there are good reasons why it’s an important business investment.

News Complaints mount as national Business Names Register struggles

The national business name register is continuing to give start-ups headaches.

News Government mulls IP crackdown on “weak” patents

The Federal Government is considering tough new standards for innovation patents to stop large companies from abusing Australia’s IP system, admitting weaker patents can “create problems”.

News US start-up kicked off Kickstarter following IP infringement claims

A US start-up accused of intellectual property infringement says it was kicked off Kickstarter just 10 hours before its campaign was due to end, highlighting the potential risks of crowdfunding.

News New IP laws set to penalise “quick and dirty” patent applications

A patent expert has issued some advice about Australia’s new intellectual property and patenting laws, urging start-ups to refrain from rushing into a “quick and dirty” patent application.

Features Five ways to stay ahead of the copycats

These days, cheap imitations are as common as bad Elvis impersonators on karaoke night. So here are five ways to protect your business from copycats who want to step on your blue suede shoes. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Features Five intellectual property mistakes start-ups must avoid

Alarming new statistics reveal that 70% of all micro businesses have no intellectual property protection. If you’ve worked hard to develop your big business idea, here are five mistakes you can’t afford to make. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

News Seven in 10 Aussie micro businesses have no IP protection: ABS

Almost 70% of businesses with zero to four staff use no intellectual property protection methods, according to an alarming Australian Bureau of Statistics report.

News Google tax bill prompts call for local IP development boost

Creating more R&D incentives and improving capital markets have been cited as potential drivers of intellectual property and tax revenue in Australia, in the wake of revelations of Google Australia’s modest tax bill.

News Swinburne start-up Relivit wins global award for IP prowess

Relivit, a Swinburne University student start-up, has won a $5,000 global award for the strength of its business plan with regard to intellectual property rights.

News Twitter’s Innovator's Patent Agreement prompts IP warning

A legal expert is urging start-ups to implement policies regarding intellectual property created by their staff, after Twitter announced the introduction of an Innovator's Patent Agreement.

News Apple co-founder says patent wars will hurt start-ups

The number of intellectual property lawsuits being filed by major tech companies could prevent future entrepreneurs from achieving success, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

News IP overhaul to provide certainty for innovators, Government claims

Researchers can now explore new ideas without the threat of patent infringement, the Federal Government says, after new intellectual property laws passed through Parliament yesterday.

Features Protecting your IP in a co-working space

The explosion in co-working and incubator hubs in Australia has given rise to a slew of start-up entrepreneurs worried about IP theft. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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