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.