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IP Info: How To Protect Your Intellectual Property

These FAQs are for general guidance only. Specific legal advice should be taken depending on the precise facts in question.

General FAQs
Graphic Design/Art
Fashion Design
Product Design
Film and Television

Product Design

What's mine and what's theirs?

About a year ago I worked with a retailer to design a range of ceramic table ware. The retailer organised the manufacturing and I have been paid some money for my involvement. I signed a contract but I am not sure what I am entitled to. I donít mind if the retailer carries on with the range but I would like more money.

New innovation = protection?

I have developed a new way of processing waste products which results in a new material which has properties which may be especially advantageous for use in making furniture. Can I protect this idea?

Manufacturing abroad - what about protecting designs?

I have designed a range of cooking utensils and have found a manufacturer in China to work with and a distributor for Europe. How can I protect myself against others copying the utensils which are quite distinctive?


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