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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

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PATENT TYPE

INFO YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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PATENT TYPES: UTILITY, DESIGN, & PLANT

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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.[et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_image src=”https://innovate-design.fr/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/EXPLODED_small.jpg” align=”center” _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_row column_structure=”2_5,3_5″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_image src=”https://innovate-design.fr/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/EXPLODED_small.jpg” align=”center” _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_column type=”3_5″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″]Most projects that Innovate Product Design deal with may be protected by some sort of patent, typically a utility patent. In any event filing an application for a utility patent (at the right price!) can be a very helpful commercial step in the development of an idea to a product. In order to have the ability to perhaps obtain a granted patent monopoly claim the subject matter sought to be patented must be sufficiently different from what has been used or described before (with some limited exceptions for prior disclosure) that it may be said to be non-obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the area of technology related to the invention. For example, the substitution of one color for another, or changes in size, are ordinarily not patentable; much as they would not ordinarily constitute a good enough reasons to try and compete.[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″ background_color=”#c7d6e2″ custom_padding=”53.9531px|0px|0|0px|false|false”][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_2,1_2″ custom_padding=”0|20px|1px|20px|false|false” _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.25.4″ text_font=”||||||||” header_font=”|600|||||||” header_text_align=”center” header_font_size=”42px” header_2_font=”|600|||||||” header_2_text_align=”center” header_2_text_color=”#514c4a” header_2_font_size=”36px” custom_padding=”2px|||||”]

TRADEMARK PROTECTION

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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.

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COPYRIGHT

PROTECTION

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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.

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