Patents & Trademarks

IP rights exist in many forms. In some cases they don’t need to be registered in order to be of value. Each type of IP provides different competitive advantages for its owners.

Protecting your intellectual property is crucial if your business is developing a new product, service, brand or process.

Our specialist advisers can help with international patents and patent searches, trademarks and trademark searches and designs and copyright. From time to time, we also run seminars and events in partnership with our many intellectual property legal practitioners.

Intellectual property protection for brands

Systems for the registering and granting the excessive use of brand-related intellectual property rights to their owners have been developed in order to allow companies to prove their ownership of brands, and then enable them to legally prevent others from copying or ‘free riding’ on their brand investments.

  • Registered Trade Mark – a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors. It can be, for example, words, logos or a combination of both.
  • Registered Design – a legal right which protects the overall visual appearance of a product.
  • Unregistered Design Right – automatic protection for the internal or external shape or configuration of an original design.
  • Copyright – automatic protection for original literary, artistic and musical creations, along with other categories of creative endeavour. Logos, jingles, labels and packaging etc. may be afforded copyright protection.
  • Patent – protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it etc. In essence a brand may be the product itself.
  • Domain Names – unique addresses that identify, and permit access to specific web sites. Domain names are registered with licensed registry operators who are overseen by ICANN

CPA Partnership

(Coronavirus Pandemic)

Notice Date: 30th March 2020

The health and safety of our staff and contractors are of paramount importance. As such all ITC staff have been advised to work from home for the next 30 days and avoid all non-essential travel. This may reduce accessibility of staff via phone but, pending individual internet issues, most trade commissioners should be accessible via email.

The Council’s IT infrastructure systems are redundant and we use tried and tested collaborative tools that allow full remote working for all staff and contractors. As we use an IP-based phone system, all of our contact details will remain the same.

All webinars, conferences and trade missions are temporarily paused pending the end of the 30 day home quarantine period. The Trade Mission to Malta, Trade Mission to Estonia and Trade Mission to Finland are being re-scheduled for August 2020. Pending any major changes in the current Pandemic situation, Trade Commissioners should update attendees within the next 45 days.

All accounting functions and non-trade-related functions are temporarily paused for the 30 day home quarantine period.

The Council recommends all businesses follow the WHO guidelines which give some useful practical advice for workplaces.

Please stay at home if possible and stay safe!

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