All about industrial design, integrated circuit topographies, and trade secrets

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Along with starting your own business from scratch; buying into a franchise; creating a family-owned business; and buying an existing business, licensing your product idea is one pathway into entrepreneurship. Patents, copyrights, and trademarks are three of the better-known forms of intellectual property protection for a small business. Today, we’re going to look at three […]

What’s an industrial design patent?

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Industrial design patents can cover unique ideas, features, patterns, configurations, shapes, or ornaments of an object, and is protected for 10 years. The design is usually an article made by tools, machines, or hand.

For example, the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle or of a snowboard are both industrial designs. Basically, an industrial design patent covers the way a product looks. It can cover the shape of an object, as well as 2D features like its colour or its patterns.

Intellectual property protection for small businesses

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Read all about small business IP protection.