Indigenous business

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An Indigenous business is like any other when it comes to IP rights.

IP protects Indigenous culture and products, and gives you the ability to profit from them.

People like real Aboriginal products, especially at the higher end of cultural industries. Art, design, eco tourism and bush food production are uniquely positioned to benefit from genuine brands.

By protecting your IP with trade marks, design registrations and patents your goods and services become even more valuable. IP rights are essential to growing your business.

Protecting your IP

Knowing about IP and taking steps to protect it can help stop others from stealing your work and ideas.

  • Dream Shield - a guide to protecting designs, brands and inventions for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Electronic Press Kit - more resources for organisations wishing to promote the Dream Shield project.

Broader issues of IP and the protection of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions are also being discussed by the World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee.

Read about how Indigenous entrepeneurs used IP in our case study - IP strategy for an Indigenous art business.

Seeking assistance through LawHelp

LawHelp provides access to legal help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). It was started by the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and volunteer lawyers. LawHelp is available to not-for-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations but not to individuals.

Through LawHelp, Indigenous corporations can also get help with a range of intellectual property arrangements. These include, copyright and moral rights protection and infringement, registration and maintenance of trade marks, business names and domain names, and the commercialisation of a corporation's IP rights.


Last Updated: 01/6/2015

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