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Engineering meets the law: How 3D printing could affect the Australian patent system

Like any disruptive technology, the advent of 3D printing technology also raises many legal questions in the area of intellectual property. Understanding the legal issues surrounding 3D printing is more important than ever.

Who wins the genital marketing war? Yes, you read that right … [VIDEO]

Warning: If you are offended by graphical representations of genitalia, do not read on or, view the videos and images in this story. It seems...

Yes, crowdsourcing can do wonders for your business, but do you understand the risks...

Changes in technology, a global economy and new business paradigms that encourage open innovation and community collaboration are seeing us move away from a...

Do I really have to register my trademarks?

Many business owners do not register IP because they’re frightened of incurring expensive legal bills, or don’t know where else to turn, and as a result many hide an ever present foreboding anxiety because they’re worried someone will “steal” their idea before they actually protect it.

Stop! Thief! How to protect your business ideas (plus, your patents, trademarks and copyrights)

Poor, poor entrepreneurs. No sooner have they had the Best. Idea. Ever, then they start fretting that someone’s going to thieve it. Other than never telling another living, breathing soul about your plans, there are several ways to protect your business model, invention or confidential information.

What is ‘design registration’? It’s all about protecting your good looks.

It’s vital that you take care of your looks. No, we are not talking about wearing the right sunscreen or drinking two litres of water a day (although that’s important too), we're talking about the best way to protect the appearance of your new product. Design registration refers to the overall visual appearance of a product, rather than the way it functions. Remember that when determining the appropriate type of protection for your product.

Patently obvious: 7 things every business owner should know about patents (but usually doesn’t)

‘Patents’ and ‘patent pending’ are much more than words bandied about on late-night infomercials. Like other tools in the intellectual property stable, patents are intended to protect an inventor’s product or method. As with copyright and trademark, patents can initially seem daunting. However, the following seven tips will set you on the path to understanding how patents apply to your business.

Copyright demystified: 7 things every Australian business owner should know

It’s important for businesses of all sizes to understand copyright requirements to ensure work is secure and minimise the risk of infringing another’s property. Copyright protection in Australia is easily demystified -- the following seven tips will give you a great foundation.

Downloading illegally? Hey, join the crowd.

In a recent poll by product-comparison website Compare Broadband, 37% Of 313 random participants admitted to having downloaded content illegally. In addition, 29% said they regularly download illegal content over the Internet. "Regularly" was defined in the poll as having downloaded more than 10 pirated files.

Can you keep a secret? Protecting your intellectual property from pirates

Brands such as Coca Cola are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and rely on secrecy to protect their secret formulae. Rumour has it that only four people know the formula for Coca Cola. It is also alleged that only four people know the secret to the finger licking good taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken. If companies like Coca Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken can rely on secrecy, is that enough?

How much does it really cost to protect your intellectual property rights?

Most people have a vague understanding of the various types of intellectual property rights, but few know exactly which rights relate to them and even fewer know how much this will cost. This new series takes readers through the ins and outs of intellectual property rights protection specifically for knowledge-economy businesses.

Of logos, words and turf wars

Tony Eades' recent article, Is your logo a 'no-go'?, contained sound advice about the benefits of having a current and well-designed logo. Should you take up Tony's...

Is Google making us stoopid?

To celebrate the Atlantic's current issue with the thought provoking cover story, "Is Google Making Us Stoopid?", the publishers of Australian current affairs periodical The Monthly are sending their friends from across the pond an online gift subscription. This 'gift' includes access to the Monthly archive and Gideon Haigh's award-winning essay published in February 2006, "How Google is Making Us Stupid." Yes, it’s another fracas between magazine publishers.

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Five essential ingredients for a humming homepage with James Tuckerman [FREE...

Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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Five ways to manage your time by managing yourself, with Helen...

Finding the time to tackle everything is one of the greatest challenges faced by business owners. To help time-starved business owners work smarter and not harder, we spoke with Helen Ebdon. The director of Affirming Business and Executive Coaching, she’s a serial entrepreneur who started her first business at age 25. She’s built and run direct marketing and communications businesses and she’s also the creator of the Take 15 Program for business effectiveness.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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