Copyright Lawyers Melbourne
If you are a creative, partnering with a qualified copyright lawyer with an intricate understanding of copyright law and designs registration is critical. Y Intellectual Property’s copyright lawyers can show you how to do it comprehensively and cost effectively. We offer a range of comprehensive and tailored copyright law solutions, with options for flexible or fixed pricing packages. Book a consultation today.
How a Copyright Lawyer Can Assist
Copyright law protects the expression of original artistic or literary work. This could include a song, a photograph, a drawing, the layout of a website, a product manual or even lines of code in a software program. Under the Commonwealth Copyright Act 1968, the things you create are protected by law, however this does change depending on the situation. A copyright lawyer can assist you in understanding the law in your unique circumstances and provide guidance on how to protect your work from unauthorised usage.
There is no registration system for copyright in Australia and in most other jurisdictions. Instead, copyrights are automatically created upon the publication of your work. There are however specific rules dictating who owns certain copyrighted works, particularly with regards to works which have been created on commission or subject to employment. Copyrights can also be lost in some cases involving the industrial application of 3D designs and in those circumstances design registration should be sought to ensure protection of IP is maintained.
Do you need a Copyright Lawyer?
If you are a graphic designer, website developer or fashion label, it pays to have an experienced IP practitioner on hand who can advise you on the myriad of IP issues you are likely to encounter as they arise. As your partner, we offer a range of tailored services designed to give you personalised and cost-effective copyright protection solutions. We take an innovative and proactive approach to copyright matters, working closely with you to help you better understand your situation and steer any issues to the best possible result. You can read more about how copyright operates and our copyright services here.
Registered Designs & Copyright Law
A Registered Design provides you with rights to take action against other traders who may have copied the look or physical appearance of your product. This design could be a 2D pattern or ornamentation applied to a product or the 3D shape and configuration of an object. Commonly utilised in the fashion, industrial and manufacturing industries, Registered Designs are used as a deterrent and as a powerful cause of action against copycats and coattail riders.
In order to be certified (and therefore enforceable), your design must be new and distinctive when compared to the prior art base. This encompasses any pre-existing product which may be discovered, whether or not it is already registered as a design. The more unique a design, the greater the scope for enforcement, and the better chance you have at registering and protecting it. Therefore, the careful drafting of the design application is crucial to ensure that the unique and distinctive features of the design are highlighted in favour of any more generic features.
Our copyright lawyer can assist with any of the following areas regarding designs and intellectual copyright:
- Design Registration: We can attend to the lodgement and processing of your application on your behalf to maximise the prospects of obtaining an enforceable certified design. This includes preliminary design register searches, drafting your design application, requesting examination, and dealing with any objections which may be raised. You might also want to consider our 10 Tips to Secure Powerful Enforceable Designs before deciding whether design registration is right for you.
- Y Watch Design Monitoring: This is an excellent tool for designers working with FMCGs (fast moving consumer goods) and will allow you to obtain a regularly updated snapshot of any newly registered designs which may compete or may potentially pose an infringement risk. In particular, Y Watch will allow you to readily identify who are the parties who are actively registering designs in your field and to either focus on particular design owners or more generally to cover the full range of similar products in your industry.
- Copyright Protection: We offer detailed and practical advice regarding protection, ownership and assertion of copyright, as well as remedies available to you where your intellectual copyright may have been infringed. This involves establishing copyright infringement and assisting you in protecting your intellectual property.
- Commercial Agreements: We can assist with drafting or review of any IP related agreements dealing with the right to use or transfer of ownership of your design, copyright or other IP rights. We also frequently assist with preparation of trading terms dealing with IP rights for graphic designers, website developers, publishers and fashion labels.
Experienced Copyright Lawyers Melbourne
Contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation with our copyright and designs lawyer, Andrew Petale. Based in Melbourne, we can provide you with professional and personalised copyright law advice. Call now on (03) 9942 3138 to discuss your needs with us.