Unregistered IP rights Services - Copyright ©, Trademark TM, DataBase rights, Designs, Trade Secrets, Know How, Domain Names, Digital Brand, Social Media

Certain IP rights can be registered to mean that your IP rights are legally acknowledged within the country where the IP right is ‘granted’. Success in this registration process confers protection and value to the IP right in question.

Developing the right intellectual property protection helps you to prevent others from stealing or copying:

  • your inventions
  • the name, design, look and feel of your products, websites and brands
  • things you write, make or produce

Some IP rights you will register and some you will not, and this will be determined by a balanced assessment of risk, reward, competition, future growth and resources.

Unregistered IP rights are not free as such, because they require internal management to identify, protect and review these rights at frequent intervals.

In certain countries, you can hold both registered and unregistered rights for designs, trademarks and copyright.

With registered rights, you have a government authority to confirm that you have fulfilled the requirements for registration.

With unregistered rights, you need to work a bit harder to ensure you can defend your rights if challenged.

The key to good unregistered rights protection is proof. Without proof, you are ‘whistling in the wind’.

By proof, I mean evidence of use and time stamping.

I always advise clients that there is a balance between, publication, patenting and trade secrets for example. The first two strategies make your invention available to the public whereas the latter strategy keeps it closed and ‘internal’.

Most businesses have built up unregistered rights in their brand without realising it, and optimising this becomes an essential next step for protection.

We provide services for identification, development and management of unregistered IP rights:

  • Designs
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Know-How
  • Digital brand
  • Social Media
  • Data

Clients Love

Dawn Elvin

Former Senior Vice President, Personal Health Care & General Manager Global Pharmacy at Procter & Gamble John is a highly accomplished insightful leader who leverages his extensive experience to identify and guide on how to make the most of company intellectual property. His interventions open up a wealth of strategic options providing significant growth opportunities.

Neil Court Johnson

John has played an invaluable role in assisting us to develop and implement a trade secrets programme, to identify and roll out IP best practice in process and systems - and has provided us with critical support regarding IP in real life business negotiations. I would strongly recommend John as a business partner.

Christine Jennings

I have worked with John for many years within the IP industry. He has an impressive ability to identify opportunities and turn these into commercial business deliverables.

Katie Gordon

I was very confused about what unregistered trademark and registered trademarks were, IP protection and simply how to protect my business and IP assets.

Brian Mwenda

“It is always a delight working with John. He has been an invaluable resource to our business as we build our intellectual property asset base. We have successfully received registration for trademarks and patents while following an IP strategy developed by John.

Harry Dunlop

“I was fortunate enough to work with John relatively early-on in my career and look back on that time extremely fondly. John is an exceptional and instinctive mentor and coach who always brings a wealth of business and IP experience to any situation with understanding and compassion.

Simon Webster

I thoroughly enjoyed working with John. We built two new products together, worked on challenging market and customer opportunities and had a great deal of fun along the way.

Colin Hunter

I have known John for many years and I value his logic, his structured thinking and his ability to make complex simple especially, not not only, in IP. Would recommend him highly as a strategic and thinking partner.

Christian Bunke

Exalt IP coached us on how to achieve amazing value for our IP assets when we sold the business and the IP separately