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Intellectual property, patent, design and trade mark FAQs
Our trade mark & patent attorneys are intellectual property specialists. We are based in Melbourne and have the expertise to protect your IP in Australia and internationally. If you have questions please give us a call or, if you would prefer answers online, read on. Home
1. Keep it secret!
Inventions can be protected by filing for a patent. The invention should be kept secret and not sold or used commercially until an initial patent application is filed. Otherwise, generally speaking, it is not possible to pursue patent protection.
Australia, the US, Canada and a few other countries have grace periods which may allow you to pursue patent protection if your invention is no longer secret.
2. Talk to a patent attorney
Talk to a patent attorney about the best route to protect your invention. Patent attorneys are obliged to keep your inventions secret. They can discuss your invention with you, your prospects of obtaining patent protection and the applicable costs.
See also how to patent an idea or invention.
While you can sell or license an unpatented idea for an invention, potential buyers or licensees may prove reluctant to invest in your invention because of concerns that others could copy it. In general, it is easier to sell or license your patent, because it provides a well-defined monopoly and a legal right to pursue infringers.
A patent, like any other piece of property, can be sold, assigned or licensed.