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1. INVENTIONS

 

 

An invention, i.e. a product, a process of manufacture and/or a composition for a new material or pharmaceutical may be protected by a granted or issued patent; however, if it is possible, an invention, e.g. a manufacturing process and/or the composition of a new material may be kept under a veil of secrecy and benefit the business by not being disclosed in a patent specification that would otherwise be published 18 months after the filing of a patent application at the UK-IPO, the Patent Office or the IPO in another country.

 

 

 

 

2. DESIGNS

 

 

The design of a product may be protected by a Registered Design, but only if the shape and configuration thereof are aesthetically pleasing. Functional aspects of a design are not so protected.

 

Some features of a design may be afforded the protection of Unregistered Design Rights (UDRs), that is in respect of features that are not capable of protection by a Registered Design.

 

 

 

 

3. TRADE MARKS


Trade Marks, viz. company names, brands, logos or any other identifier connected with a business and/or its products and services may be protected by an Application for a Registered Trade Mark filed at the UK-IPO.

 


Trade Marks do not have to be registered; however, the rights accruing thereto are best served if a Trade Mark is registered.

 

 

 

 

4. COPYRIGHT


Copyright in a ‘work’, viz. a business plan, the drawings for a product, a musical score and/or the lyrics, a text for inclusion in instructions for an operations manual, etc. are all automatically protected upon being set down in a recognisable format that includes software.

 


There is no requirement for registration of Copyright, the rights in which may be highlighted by use of the © symbol, the year of creation of the work and the name of the right holder.

 

 

*John Grant is Senior Patent Attorney at Trevor Baylis Brands (TBB) plc. TBB has provided advice to thousands of individuals and companies on the best way to develop their business and protect their intellectual property. Building Enterprise (BE) Ltd is a new development from TBB  offering a one-stop shop for innovation development,  helping to take initial ideas through to a successful commercial outcome.*

 

 

 

*John Grant is Senior Patent Attorney at Trevor Baylis Brands (TBB) plc. TBB has provided advice to thousands of individuals and companies on the best way to develop their business and protect their intellectual property. Building Enterprise (BE) Ltd is a new development from TBB  offering a one-stop shop for innovation development,  helping to take initial ideas through to a successful commercial outcome.*

 

 

 

 

 

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