There are a lot of reasons why you might consider reaching out to a trademark lawyer, but the main reason you’ll probably be looking to hire one and is because you’re looking to register with IP Australia. If you have intellectual property that you want to protect then you’ll usually want to secure the services of a trademark lawyer. Unless you’ve done the process by yourself, it’s usually a good idea to get a professional involved as they will be able to guide you through the process. If you’re not totally certain whether you need a trademark lawyer or not, read on below.
How intellectual property protection works
There are a lot of different trademark classes that your intellectual property may fall into, in fact there are 45 classes. The first 34 classes are for goods whilst classes 34 to 35 are for services. Each class have their own headings which tell you what kinds of goods or services they protect. When you are doing the application process, you’ll need to select a class. It’s usually easy to find the class with the search engine function on the main website for IP Australia. Registering your good or services will mean that you have the exclusive right to use it.
You should think about what kind of business you run when speaking to a trademark lawyer about class options. If you are a retailer then you might for instance make an application for both goods and services to adequately protect your intellectual property.
When will the application be accepted?
You should keep in mind that your application will only be accepted for the goods and services that you apply for. Your trademark lawyer will be able to guide you through what you need to apply for and will have knowledge of what categories you need seek protection for. Your trademark lawyer will know what the most appropriate things to apply for are and will be able to help you avoid paying unnecessary government fees.
If you’re not careful about which classes you apply to, you could end up spending more money than you would expect. Once you and your trademark lawyer submit your application you should be able to make amendments to the goods and services that selected. An experienced trademark lawyer can help you to make the proper application which can save you a lot of time and money and can stop you from seeking protection for the wrong classes.
Where can you find one?
If you’re looking for a professional to help you out then we suggest starting by asking around. If you have other business partners or professionals you know who have undergone the process themselves then you should ask them for recommendations. If they had a good experience with a legal professional, they may be able to pass along the details. If you don’t know any more who has needed to complete an application before then you should try looking around for local firms. We recommend sitting down to talk with them about your business and what goods or services you need to protect, and interview will give you an understanding of what to expect during the process and whether or not you feel comfortable working with them.
Online reviews and customer testimonials can be a great resource for understanding whether or not they deliver timely customer service.
Working with a professional to manage your application will make the process much easier and will ensure that your business has all the proper protections it needs for the exclusive use of your goods and services.