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Copyright, Design Rights & Registered Designs

Simply put, copyright protects a “work” from being copied, re-produced, performed or distributed without the consent of the owner.

Unlike other types of intellectual property, there are no registration requirements for copyright.  It exists automatically from the moment of creation of the work.

But copyright can be lost easily if you don’t take the right steps to protect it.

As copyright lawyers, we can help you identify what copyright you have, what value it has to your business, and how you can prevent it from being lost or infringed.

In addition to copyright, there are other types of intellectual property rights that can protect “designs”.

These include:

  • Registered Designs – applying to two or three dimensional designs, patterns or configurations, giving you exclusive rights to a design for up to 25 years.
  • Design Rights – an unregistered right, which provides protection for the (3-D) shape or configuration of a design, lasting for 10 or 15 years.

Our expert legal advice on copyright, registered designs and design rights will help to ensure that your intellectual property has the best possible level of protection.

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