What we don't do

While we are committed to helping you obtain IP rights, and actively provide general information about how to apply for IP rights and how the system operates, we are bound by the legislation under which we operate. There are some things we cannot do for you.

We don't prepare applications

We cannot prepare your applications for you. Attorney firms and law firms experienced in intellectual property matters can provide you with specialised advice. For specific assistance and advice we recommend you contact an IP professional.

We don't advise or assess

We cannot:

  • assess the commercial potential of your IP
  • provide specific advice on how you could use the IP system to further your particular business
  • advise you on the merit of your application before it has been assessed by an examiner

We don't manage infringements or monitor markets

We don't monitor the market to identify potential infringement of your rights, enforce your rights or prosecute unauthorised users of your IP. This is your responsibility. Seek legal advice if you think your rights are infringed.

We don't register business or company names

We do not register business or company names. We recommend you search our trade marks database before you register your business name with either the state or territory authorities or the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). We offer the Business Names Applicant Search Service to help you make that search.

We are not responsible for copyright or circuit layouts

The Attorney-General's Department administers the Copyright Act 1968 and the Circuit Layouts Act 1989.

We don't provide financial assistance

We do not provide financial assistance, but we suggest you view the relevant Government grants and funding options for information about government and other assistance programs that may help your business.

Get professional advice

For specific assistance and advice we recommend you contact an IP professional.

Last Updated: 23/11/2013

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