Protecting your intellectual property
Protecting your intellectual property makes it easier to take legal action against anyone who steals or copies it.
Types of protection
The type of protection you can get depends on what you’ve created. You get some types of protection automatically, others you have to apply for.
Copyright - Writing and literary works, art, photography, films, TV, music, web content, sound recordings
Design right - Shapes of objects
Protection you have to apply for
Trademarks - Product names, logos, jingles
Registered designs - Appearance of a product including, shape, packaging, patterns, colours, decoration
Patents - Inventions and products, eg machines and machine parts, tools, medicines
Time to allow for application
Trademarks - 4 months
Registered designs - 1 month
Patents - Around 5 years
Keep these types of intellectual property secret until they’re registered. If you need to discuss your idea with someone, use a non-disclosure agreement.