A patent provides a monopoly or exclusive rights to an invention. A patent protects the way an invention works and allows an owner to exclude others from making, using, selling and importing an invention.
Patents may be obtained for new and inventive products or processes, computer related inventions, business methods, biological inventions, micro-organism and other biological materials.
At Cooper IP we specialise in patents in the field of mechanical engineering, which is a vast technical field including for example construction tools and fasteners, general consumer products and apparel, sporting goods, machinery, packaging, medical devices, automotive equipment and accessories, mining equipment, energy generation, recovery and storage, water treatment and filtration.
Protect the appearance of your new product with a design registration.
Design registrations are a great way to protect articles with a new and distinctive visual appearance. They are often used in the fields of general consumer products and apparel, sporting equipment, packaging, hardware and fasteners, medical devices and automotive equipment and accessories.
We have vast experience with design registrations and can help you protect your research and development and prevent imitations from riding on the wave of your investment.
Trade mark registrations prevent others from using your branding or anything that is deceptively similar. A trade mark is a badge of origin that allows traders to build a reputation in their goods and services so that consumers can readily identify the origin of particular goods and services and associate certain characteristics with the different products or services in the marketplace.
Strategic use of your trade marks can prevent others from trading on or damaging your reputation.
Management of Intellectual Property portfolios can be difficult and time consuming without the right tools and experience. Tasks such as docketing, deadline monitoring and tracking of renewal or maintenance fees on patents, designs and trade marks can overload any Intellectual Property department.
We have the right tools and experience to assist with Intellectual Property Management.
We can help you enforce your intellectual property. We can also assist if other parties are making infringement allegations against you.
For most people, the thought of enforcement of your intellectual property is overwhelming. However, many patent, design and trade make disputes are resolved relatively quickly when professional representation is obtained. If you believe that someone is infringing your intellectual property, it is important that action be taken quickly so please get in contact as soon as possible. Likewise, if you receive a letter of demand prompt action should be taken.
Patent, design and trade mark applications can all be subject to an opposition process should a third party oppose the granting of rights to you. Oppositions are a complex process and expert assistance is highly recommended. If you find yourself in an opposition, or wish to file an opposition against another party trying to secure rights, contact us for assistance.
A patent can only be granted on a new or novel invention. Likewise, a design registration can only be obtained on a new and distinctive design. Generally, trade Mark rights can only be obtained if the goods or services sold under the trade mark are distinguishable over the goods and services of others.
Prior to applying for patent, design or trade mark protection it can be helpful to conduct some searching to see what rights other people have. This can help identify potential registrability issues prior to making the formal application. Potential infringement issues, i.e. third party rights that may stand in your way, can also be identified.
Through searching, we can also help you validate the new knowledge requirement for your R&D Tax Incentive claim.