A trade mark is how a business identifies its goods or services and distinguishes them from the goods and services of its competitors. A trade mark can also be a business’s most valuable asset. To ensure proper protection of your trade marks, we can advise on registering a trade mark as well as carrying out preliminary searches and filing your trade mark application and seeing it through until registration.
Depending on the needs of your business we can organise to file a European Community Trade Mark application which is effective throughout the European Union or file an Irish Trade Mark application which is effective in the Republic of Ireland as well as filing UK Trade Mark applications to cover the United Kingdom.
Copyright and Design
Copyright is the right given to the author or person who creates the work. The author is in essence the property owner and has the exclusive right to prohibit or authorise others to use the copyrighted works for various purposes. Copyright covers such works as literary or musical works, films and computer programs (this is not an exhaustive list).
A design means the appearance of all or part of a product due to the colour, shape, texture or contours of that product. To generally be protected a design must be of an aesthetic nature. A design can be registered to be protected. Normally the country in which the design is registered limits the protection to that country however the Community Design (EU) is a notable exception and would cover all of the European Union.
A patent is used to protect a new invention or new technical advances or processes. Patents are territorial in that an Irish patent is only valid in Ireland for example.
As a patent is a form of intellectual property it can be assigned, transferred, licensed or used by the owner of the patent.
Know how is the exclusive and confidential information a business may possess or own due to its experience and speciality in a particular area. It is important that a business protects this know how to the best commercial advantage to prevent or prohibit third parties from using this know how without authority and to the business’s detriment. We can advise on such matters and organise to put appropriate Intellectual Property Protection Agreements, Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements in place in all relevant business contracts.