Understanding Intellectual Property (IP)

Intellectual property is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge.  It is your ideas in the form of an invention, trademark, design, brand or process.

Some examples of well-known intellectual property are:

  • trademark : Vegemite
  • patent : Hill’s Hoist clothes line
  • plant breeder’s rights : Pink iceberg rose
  • patent, design & trademark : Victa Mower with rotary action blades

You can choose to register your IP in Australia or Worldwide to protect your idea.  Registration may also help give your business partners and financiers security in terms of your rights to the IP and ability to enforce those rights against any infringement.

If registration is something you are considering, you must be very careful about when and where you share your idea.  Publishing your idea in any form may jeopardise your ability to claim a patent or design right, before you even apply.

For more information about intellectual property, how it may apply to you and how to protect your intellectual property, please register to our Small Business Week event next week that we are hosting in conjunction with Clinton Priddle of IP Gateway. Details of the event are as follows:

Event: What is Intellectual Property to me? And how do I safeguard my competitive edge?

When & Where: 4pm Thursday 31 May 2018 @ Fox and Thomas, 36 Marshall Street, Goondiwindi.

Click the link below to register for our event!


Clinton Priddle
IP Specialist Lawyer
IP Gateway – Brisbane