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Industrial Design Expertise

In medicine, all doctors are technically qualified to help you. However, when you have a specific problem, you want and need to see a specialist. The same principle is applicable with intellectual property issues. You want and need to entrust your most valuable assets to an intellectual property professional with the expertise and experience to efficiently provide you with solutions.
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October 18, 2019
FAQsIndustrial Design

Doing business abroad or exporting

Whether you are physically shipping across Canadian borders or transferring data via the web, wherever you have a competitive edge, there is someone or a business out there that is ready to imitate or “improve” your design. By filing an industrial design application, you are staking your claim in your target markets to safeguard your sales and reputation. Canada belongs to several international conventions for facilitating filing in other countries. For instance, a Canadian applicant may file an industrial design application in another country within six months of the original application in Canada and still obtain in the foreign country…
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October 18, 2019
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Loss of Rights by premature public disclosure

Looking left and right before crossing a street is an option that comes with no guarantee that an accident will not happen. However it allows you to assess a life threatening risk. An industrial design search, in the same way, allows you to make an informed decision by learning what has already been registered and how your design can be distinguished from others.
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October 18, 2019
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Does my company need an industrial design registration?

Yes, if any or part of your company’s success depends on its intellectual property from designing eye catching products, your company should obtain an industrial design registration. Without a proper intellectual property protection strategy, your company’s existence may be short-lived. With the proper intellectual property protection, your company will have exclusive rights to the industrial design. Industrial designs: can protect you against copying; can earn licensing revenues; may be used as leverage in negotiations; and may be used as a defence in intellectual property infringement litigation. Lastly, research has shown that ownership of registered intellectual property significantly increases the market…
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October 18, 2019
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What you cannot register

An industrial design registration cannot protect: a functional aspect of your product (see patent); a design that is substantially similar to a registered industrial design; design features appearance or shape of a product that are not immediately visible to the eye (inside an engine).
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October 18, 2019
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What is an Industrial Design?

This is a common question we get in our industrial design law practice, and how it differs from other forms of IP. Industrial designs are another form of intellectual property. An industrial design is sometimes called a design patent, and may consist of two-dimensional or three-dimensional features, a shape, a pattern, a line, a package, or a color. An industrial design can account for anything involving ornamental or aesthetic aspects of products, shapes and packaging. By protecting these ornate designs, creators can find security through their exclusive rights to do whatever they want with their original work. As such, we…
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October 18, 2019