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A patent is an intellectual property right granted for a new invention that is novel and inventive or innovative. We can help by filing patents in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.
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Trade Marks

A trade mark is a sign that is used to distinguish goods or services from those provided by any other person. We can help by filing trade marks in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.
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Design Registrations

A ‘design’ is the overall appearance of a product resulting from its visual features. We can help by filing design registrations in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.
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Darren Kennedy
Darren Kennedy
26 April 2024
Great service from the Barry and his team, managed to get my trademark in a timely manner and communication was great throughout the whole process. Would use again!
Ryan Gale
Ryan Gale
22 March 2024
Barry is highly knowledgeable, very personable and got our trademark filed quickly. Thanks for a great service.
Midnight Support
Midnight Support
21 March 2024
We had discovered an unknown party had made a unauthorised website using our registered trademarks. We contacted IP Guardian for assistance and the service was nothing less than excellent. Barry called for an initial consultation to see what needed to be done to rectify our problem. He was transparent and upfront with solutions, and provided a quote for the total amount to complete the work required. The quoted amount was more than acceptable, especially considering the problem was resolved within less than 24 hours! We will be using Barry's services for any future trademark and IP related assistance. Joe Gerardis - Midnight Locksmiths & Security
Rug Addiction Australia
Rug Addiction Australia
5 February 2024
So easy to deal with and understanding of my requirements.
Brad Berman
Brad Berman
28 November 2023
Dealing with Barry and the team at IP guardian was so easy. I would highly recommend them.
Betania Gamon
Betania Gamon
15 October 2023
IP Guardian are very professional, Barry was prompt and great at understanding what we needed. Would highly recommend for anyone needing any IP services!
Thomas Turner
Thomas Turner
10 October 2023
I am very happy with the service of John Paul and Barry from IP Guardian. They handled all my queries and I've been very well advised.
Adriana Brusi
Adriana Brusi
3 October 2023
IP Guardian are amazing - and Mike was fantastic to deal with. This was not my first time applying for a Patent; but this was by far the most seemless process. I would never look at another organisation to work with. I had exceptionally tight deadlines to work within; and everything was effortless. If you are looking for high level professionalism; exceptional customer service and a legal standard that ensures they get it done, then I cannot recommend enough.
Rebecca Barbe
Rebecca Barbe
26 September 2023
We had our trademark application opposed by a larger company so sought assistance from Joanne Li from IP Guardians. She knows her stuff! She was very clear with what she considered our risks were, how the opposition process works, gave us a few options to consider and was so patient and thorough with us. Turns out she was correct in every aspect. Joanne and her team were punctual, easy to get a hold of and kept us in the loop every step of the way. The cost was very fair from our perspective. It's scary when you don't know how far a matter will proceed and how much the costs would blow out. The matter got resolved quicker than we could have hoped for and we are so grateful we chose Joanne to help us. Will recommend to absolutely anyone and everyone who needs IP support. Thank you Joanne.
Alex Bedders
Alex Bedders
15 September 2023
Barry and his team are the best in the business. Highly recommend them for all your trademark needs.

What is IP?

IP, or intellectual property, refers to the legal rights that individuals or entities hold over the things they create. These creations or inventions can include artistic works, designs, symbols, names, trademarks, and trade secrets.

IP law gives owners rights to their property to ensure they retain exclusive ownership, allowing creators to benefit financially from their ideas and innovations.

There are several important facets of intellectual property law that apply to individuals and organisations in Australia. These include:
Patents protect new inventions, including products, processes, and technologies. Once granted, they grant the inventor exclusive rights to make, use, and sell the invention for 20 years from the date of filing the patent application. Patent Attorneys can help you create ironclad patents.
Copyright protects original creative works such as artistic works, literary works, musical works, published editions, broadcast signals, journalistic pieces, and the like. It gives the creator exclusive rights to reproduce, publish, perform, communicate, and adapt the work for the typical period of the life of the creator plus 70 years. While copyright happens automatically and doesn’t need to be registered, it pays to have an IP attorney in your corner if your work is used without permission or by a third party.
Trademarks protect brand names, words, logos, symbols, and other distinctive signs. Trademark registration provides exclusive rights and allows the owner to prevent others from using the same or similar marks in the same or similar industries. Trade mark attorneys or intellectual property lawyers ensure that your trademark is used correctly.
Design rights protect the visual appearance of a product, including its shape, configuration, and pattern and/or ornamentation. Registered designs provide exclusive rights to prevent others from copying or imitating the design for usually 5 years, renewable up to 10 or 15 years (depending on the country). In some countries it is possible to get design protection for graphical user interfaces. Patent attorneys and IP lawyers can register designs for you.

What area of the law do IP attorneys specialise in?

Intellectual property protection in Australia is governed by various laws and regulations, including the Patents Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1995, Copyright Act 1968, Designs Act 2003, and the common law. IP Australia, a government agency, is responsible for administering and granting IP rights in the country.
Intellectual property protection in Australia is governed by various laws and regulations, including the Patents Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1995, Copyright Act 1968, Designs Act 2003, and the common law. IP Australia, a government agency, is responsible for administering and granting IP rights in the country.
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What Do IP Attorneys Do?

IP attorneys in Australia specialise in intellectual property. They provide legal services related to intellectual property, and can help clients apply for, protect, enforce, and manage their intellectual property using support offered by the law. Intellectual property attorneys can undertake a range of services for clients, including:
  1. 1. Intellectual property registration

    Where individuals and entities register their intellectual property through the use of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
  2. 2. Portfolio management

    Strategic advice on how to best manage a portfolio of international property, ensuring registrations are up to date and compliant.
  3. 3. IP enforcement and litigation

    When IP is infringed, IP attorneys can provide infringement advice and support legal action on behalf of their clients, including lawsuits, cease and desist letters, negotiations, and representation in court.
  4. 4. IP licencing and commercialisation

    IP attorneys can advise you on the different ways that your product or invention could be commercialised with the assistance of intellectual property.
  5. 5. Due diligence

    Due diligence investigations can yield insight into the ownership, validity, and value of intellectual property assets during a range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.
  6. 6. IP advisory

    IP attorneys can also offer advice on high level IP strategy, IP protections strategies, risk mitigation, trade secret protection, domain name disputes, copyright infringement issues, and other related legal services.

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IP Guardian's Experience

The team at IP Guardian has decades of combined experience working across all kinds of intellectual property matters. Intellectual property can be very complex, and is at the mercy of constant law changes and updates. IP Guardian's attorneys stay abreast of all these changes and developments, ensuring that our clients get the absolute best in tailored advice based on current laws and case law. No matter what kind of intellectual property dispute you are facing, we can help you reach the best possible outcome.

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"IP Guardian helped me to protect my idea before I disclosed it to third parties, ensuring it was secure from copying."

When should I contact a patent and trade mark attorney?

As soon as you start to think about your new business idea or invention, a patent and trademark attorney becomes key to taking the best next steps.

This is the stage where you should be thinking about an IP attorney. Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, or Brisbane; no matter where you are in Australia, it’s time.

At IP Guardian, we can discuss your idea and help you take the best options to protect your invention and brand.
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What are my options for disclosing my idea or brand?

Get some obligation-free advice from an attorney before you disclose your idea. Your confidentiality is guaranteed by law and your attorney will help you get ready for the further development of your invention or brand.

Should I get in contact with an IP lawyer near me?

There are many different options for finding somebody to handle your intellectual property needs, like an IP attorney. Get in contact with IP Guardian, and we can talk you through your options.

What are IP assets, and how can IP Guardian help me to protect my creations and ideas?

Intellectual Property (IP) assets include creative works like artworks, designs, books, and music. In Australia, creators automatically receive copyright protection. However, for more comprehensive coverage, an IP lawyer or IP attorney from IP Guardian in Sydney can assist with obtaining trademarks, patents, and defending against infringement claims.

What is the difference between an IP solicitor and a patent attorney?

At IP Guardian, an IP attorney handles disputes and infringement cases related to intellectual property rights, while our patent attorneys specialise in securing and maintaining patents for inventions, ensuring robust protection of your intellectual assets under Australian laws. If the matter escalates to court, we will ensure an IP solicitor is engaged to handle matters in the court.

What categories of intellectual property rights can an IP attorney protect in Australia?

IP Guardian protects various IP rights, including patents for unique inventions, trademarks for brand identity, registered designs for distinctive new appearances, copyright for original creative works, circuit rights for electronic configurations, and plant breeding rights for new plant varieties.

How does IP Guardian enforce intellectual property rights?

IP Guardian aids in enforcing your intellectual property rights through legal means, leveraging Australian legislation specific to different types of IP matters. We support clients in litigation, negotiation, and obtaining compensation for infringements.

How can an IP attorney protect intellectual property when working with third parties?

IP Guardian advises on implementing non-disclosure agreements when working with third parties, which can help to safeguard your confidential information and intellectual property rights. We assist in patenting your innovations or trademarking your business assets to secure your intellectual property when working with third parties.

How long does IP protection last?

Copyright protection in Australia lasts for the creator's lifetime plus 70 years posthumously, trademarks are renewable every 10 years, and patents are valid for 20 to 25 years, ensuring long-term protection of your intellectual property.

Can intellectual property be licensed or sold through IP Guardian?

Through IP Guardian, you obtain advice on how you can licence or sell your intellectual property, enabling you to grant specific usage rights to others while protecting and monetising your assets under clear legal terms.

Is legal protection necessary for my intellectual assets?

Securing legal protection for your intellectual assets with IP Guardian offers peace of mind and future security, with fixed-fee services that provide clarity and effectiveness in safeguarding your intellectual property and nationwide.

What constitutes confidential information in intellectual property law, according to IP Guardian?

Confidential information encompasses any business details or ideas meant to be kept private. IP Guardian assists in protecting this vital information through legal channels such as confidentiality agreements and NDAs.

Can IP Guardian protect my intellectual property overseas?

Given that IP protection laws differ globally, IP Guardian offers strategic advice for international protection to ensure your intellectual assets are secure worldwide, preventing unauthorised use or replication by global entities.

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