Identifying and protecting your valuable IP assets
The first step to protecting your creative and intellectual effort is to identify and classify your intellectual property so that you can determine the most appropriate mode of protection.
Broadly speaking, intellectual property or IP is a term for a group of rights provided for by law which affords protection for “creative and intellectual effort”. Intellectual property rights fall into two primary categories: registrable and non-registrable rights.
Registrable intellectual property rights must be applied for and include patents, registered designs, trade marks and plant breeder’s rights. In contrast, circuit layout rights, copyright and confidential information (so called “trade secrets”) arise automatically and