‘Happy Birthday’ Song: Copyright-Free

‘Happy Birthday’ Song: Copyright-Free?

 The ‘Happy Birthday’ song has been thought to be copyrighted since 1935 by music company Warner/Chappell, who purchased the rights to the song in 1988, but new evidence suggests that the song’s origi...
Protecting Your Intellectual Property as a Retailer

Protecting Your Intellectual Property as a Retailer

As a retailer, you understand that your products and services are what set you apart from your competition. Intellectual property is an essential asset to your business and your brand but, unfortunate...
Want to start your own business

Want to start your own business?

You are passionate, creative and have something that you want to share with the world. Your neighbours and friends have been urging you to sell you products - but how do you go about starting your own...
The Top 4 Start-up Stuff Ups

The Top 4 Start-up Stuff Ups

In our last Start-up article, we discussed our 4 Key Considerations for Start-ups. Following on from this, we’ve created a list of our ‘Top 4 Start-up Stuff-Ups that every new business owner needs to...
Is your design protected

Is your design protected?

Online media sites have become a popular platform for both new and established designers to showcase their designs. It is a way to get public exposure, allowing designers to build and maintain relatio...
How Effective are Current Design Laws

How Effective are Current Design Laws?

Current Issues in the Designs System Following a report by the ALRC, the Designs Act 2003 was introduced to replace the Designs Act 1906. The intended purpose of the Act is to encourage innovation an...
Minimising Legal Risk in Social Media Marketing

Minimising Legal Risk in Social Media Marketing

The benefits of social media to promote small businesses are both well known and well utilised.  Free-to-use social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram have revolutio...
Marc Jacobs Seeing Stripes

Marc Jacobs Seeing Stripes?

Sports brand, Adidas, has filed a lawsuit against fashion brand, Marc Jacobs for trademark infringement and a number of other infringements such as deceptive trade practices relating to their use of s...
Trademarks - Are you protected

Trademarks – Are you protected?

It's no secret that businesses should consider protecting their Intellectual Property (IP) as soon as possible by applying to register their trademarks, but often businesses don't know how to go about...
4 Key Considerations for Start-ups

4 Key Considerations for Start-ups

Starting a new business can result in a myriad of issues that are best dealt with early in order to protect your start-up in the long run.  Just like the young seedling in our picture, new businesses...
Generate wider brand appeal

Generate wider brand appeal

If your business needs a little jump start, have you considered introducing a sub-brand or diffusion line into your business portfolio? A sub-brand can create diversity in your offering and can even...
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