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You should spend your money on good coffee, not bad intellectual property rights

The stage is set for success, all you need to do is stay focused, keep costs and distractions low, and execute. Why then spend your valuable time and money exploring intangible things such as intellectual property (IP)?

Did you know that just registering your business name is not enough to protect...

Is the name of your business protected? You’ll probably say 'yes' if you have a business name registration or are a registered company, but...

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.

Trade mark today to avoid legal issues tomorrow

So you’ve got a great idea for a business, a new product, a fashion label or even the next big craze. It’s all planned out – the business model, name and branding, website, marketing and even the premises. But there is one thing that you’ve left out – your trade mark. Tony Eades explains the necessity to trademark your brand to protect your business.

IP Australia issues security warning – Trademarks Scam

The national IP registrar recently received "numerous calls from trade mark owners who have received an invoice from a company known as TMP, Trademark Publisher".

Ant Bytes — AA15

The boots might be warm and fuzzy, but the term "Ugg/Ugh" sends chills down the spines of many Australian retailers. For decades, "Ugg/Ugh" remained off the Australian Register of Trademarks, largely because it was considered by manufacturers and retailers to be a generic term in Australia. Then US giant Deckers Outdoor Corporation registered "Ugg" (and its derivatives) as an Australian trade mark and, like all diligent patent and trade mark holders, began mailing cease and desist notices to Australian retailers selling boots under the name(s).

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How to price your product or service in 8 steps with...

The world is littered with products that do little more than cover their cost, and underpaid service industry professionals. But there are some entrepreneurs who set their own prices and receive what they ask with apparent ease. Steve Major teaches you how to become one of these entrepreneurs in this 8-step infographic.

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How to build a retail empire with James Webber [FREE REPORT]

Starting any new business is hard, but starting an online retail business is particularly hard. You see, this is one industry that combines technology, logistics and, of course, marketing – it’s a juggling act. To help us crack this hard nut, we sought the wisdom James Webber, CEO at Bookworld.

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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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