Patenting a Product
Protect your product to prevent others from copying
- be new
- have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the subject
- be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry
Copyright can protect:
- literary works, including novels, instruction manuals, computer programs, song lyrics, newspaper articles and some types of database
- dramatic works, including dance or mime
- musical works
- artistic works, including paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures, collages, architecture, technical drawings, diagrams, maps and logos
- layouts or typographical arrangements used to publish a work, for a book for instance
- recordings of a work, including sound and film
- broadcasts of a work
You should only copy or use a work protected by copyright with the copyright owner’s permission. Copyright applies to any medium. This means that you must not reproduce copyright protected work in another medium without permission. This includes, publishing photographs on the internet, making a sound recording of a book, a painting of a photograph and so on.
A trade mark is a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors (you may refer to your trade mark as your “brand”). It can be for example, words, logos or a combination of both. The only way to register your trade mark is to apply to The Intellectual Property Office. You can use your trade mark as a marketing tool so that customers can recognise your products or services.
For the purposes of registration, a design is legally defined as being “the appearance of the whole or part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the product or ornamentation.”