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Copyright

PATENTS  |  COPYRIGHT  |  REGISTERED DESIGNS 
TRADEMARKS  |  REGISTERED BUSINESS NAMES
WHAT IS A PATENT ATTORNEY?   |   WHAT IS A TRADE MARK ATTORNEY?

Copyright is an automatic right that comes into existence upon the creation of various types of original "works", such as literary and artistic works.

International protection is derived from international treaties. Some countries (notably USA) require registration of copyright before it can be enforced and/or require all published copies of the copyrighted work to bear a copyright notice.

An original drawing (whether of artistic quality or not) will qualify as an artistic work which brings copyright into existence. However, a prototype usually will not.

Copyright does not protect against copying of ideas as such, but rather against copying the manner of expression of those ideas.

Under Australian law, copyright in designs for three-dimensional articles ceases to have effect upon commercial exploitation. If it is desired to protect the design of a three-dimensional article, an application for registration of the design must be made before commercial exploitation takes place.