HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR IDEA IS NEW? FREE ONLINE PATENT TOOLS ARE USEFUL

When a person is struck with – and wants to commercialise –  a new idea, its constructive for them to first conduct an internet search to see if anyone else has made or done something similar. After all, any discussion of whether there is commercial value in protecting an invention requires some assessment of whether the invention is new … Read more

New research resource available for entrepreneurs!

We currently have a short trial of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database. This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample … Read more

TrademarkVision allows businesses to compare their logos against a global trademark database

“In the internet age, a business adding too much curve to the letter ‘S’ in their logo might expose them to a handful of frivolous lawsuits from other online brands using a similar font. Not only is brand identity difficult to establish, but it’s difficult to protect too, especially when considering the thousands of businesses … Read more

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

“Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes. The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a crowdfunding campaign. He even shot a professional promo video, showing a … Read more

Ray Kurzweil: Accelerating Tech Is Making Old Intellectual Property Laws Obsolete

“As technology and innovation move faster and faster, concerns over ownership and access continue to increase. In answer to a question at a Singularity University event, Ray Kurzweil suggested we need to rethink intellectual property laws to more realistically match today’s pace. Intellectual property laws from the 19th century were envisioned with roughly 20-year cycles, … Read more

Owning it : a creative’s guide to copyright, contracts and the law (book)

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Author: Sharon Givoni Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Australian intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains in ‘plain English’ how the law applies to creative industries. Packed with real-life case studies and user-friendly flowcharts and tables that simplify Australian legal terms, processes and procedures, Owning It demystifies law for creatives. This guide … Read more

Introduction to intellectual property (book)

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Author: Anne Fitzgerald, Dimitrios Eliades Intellectual property law is of increasing importance across a broad range of business and social activities. An understanding of how the copyright, trade marks, patents and designs systems can be effectively used to secure commercial advantage, and how business reputation and confidential information can be protected, is now essential for … Read more