VITAL INFORMATION ON TYPES OF PROTECTION
There are four main forms of intellectual property protection relevant to products:
Types of protection
Patent – This protects the functionality of a product
Registered Design – this protects the appearance of a product
Trademarks – this protects the branding of a product, company or business
Copyright – this predominantly protects ‘works of art’ or audio or written material and also applies to some software and computer programs
INFO YOU NEED TO KNOW:
PATENT TYPES: UTILITY, DESIGN, & PLANT
There are three types of patents – utility patent, design patent, and plant patent. If you are asking ‘how to patent my idea?’ then get in touch now and see how we can help.
Before a trademark/service mark application, you should consider (1) whether the mark you want to register is registrable, and (2) how difficult it will be to protect your mark based on the mark strength. As the mark’s owner you will be solely responsible for its enforcement.
NB: Innovate Product Design is not a law firm, but a product design firm, with wide experience of design matters and what makes for commercial success, also having a very keen understanding of the requirements of individual inventors. Innovate produces cost-effective technical specifications describing your idea in-house with reference to your designers, then all patent matters are dealt with by a Patent Firm. Innovate stress to clients that all disclosures made before a use of a Patent Firm should be kept confidential and there be no offer for sale or public use of the invention, to maximize chances of obtaining protection to the invention and improvements. There may be short- and long-term risks as well as benefits involved in any approach, and we advise that the client takes advice on these risks.
With over 20 years of experience, innovate helps individuals determine whether their new product ideas and inventions could lead to commercial success.