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Inventors who plan to have their domestically patented creations legally protected overseas sometimes discover another party already holds the rights over a similar invention in their targeted country. Though it does indeed occur someone else simply obtained a Patent over an invention earlier, in many cases the legal protection held by another over a ‘similar […]

It might be no surprise a large part of the world’s designs are made by people who made designing their profession. Using their acquired knowledge and experience, they can spend their 40-hour work weeks on nothing but drafting what might be the next revolutionary Industrial Design. But once a designer finishes his ingenious plans at […]

Patents: The claim and its importance

An application for Patent registration consists out of three parts; drawings, a claim, and a description. Of these three parts, the claim is arguably the most important one. Such a claim consists of a short explanation of what the invention to be patented looks like and what its main functions are. This may sound easy […]

After spending months in a row drawing on his attic room, an artist has finally finished what he believes is the greatest comic book ever made. Worried about other people intending to copy this masterpiece, the artist rushes to the nearest law firm to ask how he can legally protect his work. If the law […]

Through a Trade Secret, companies and individual entrepreneurs can keep the products and processes they invented from being copied by others. Simply not publishing the composition of such items seems to be the best way to prevent such illegitimate copying, but this does not always appear to be an option. What to do for example […]

People who have designed a great Mark for their products or services often get asked by their consultants about what the name should actually be called. Because even if a Trademark contains letters or words, these do not always represent Mark’s real name as it is best to be registered. What are factors to bear […]

Some companies just clearly stand out among all others. They produce that coffee with that specific aroma, fabricate those indestructible shoes or simply manage to deliver these frying pans days before their competitors do. Ingenious processes or superior technology often form the base for such companies’ edge over others, and these businesses obviously do not […]

Industrial Design rights are granted to restrict the use of designs by parties not being authorized by the rightsholder to do so. But can applicants for such rights simply submit a simple drawing of their products? Or is a more detailed, technical scheme required? And to which extent does the registration of a design protect […]

The ins and outs of license agreements

Having your Intellectual Property registered on your behalf grants you the exclusive right to use it in trade and commerce. However, as your mark, design or patent grows in popularity, using it might become an interesting possibility for parties willing to pay for it. Such use can be arranged by the establishment of a License […]

Among all intellectual property matters, patent cases are often regarded as being the most complex ones. This makes sense given the difficulties in capturing the essence of what must actually be protected. While trademarks, for example, are often mere images, objects to be patented generally have a specific function and distinctive features that are hard […]