I need to protect my intellectual property (IP) overseas. How do I do this?

Intellectual property (IP) protection is an important part of any international business strategy.

IP Australia - the Australian Government agency that administers Australia’s intellectual property (IP) rights system - has information on understanding IP and the different types, specifically:

IP Australia has a useful guide to protecting your intellectual property overseas which can serve as a first step in planning your IP protection strategy. It also has guides to protecting your IP in overseas markets including China, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the EU and the USA .

It is important to remember that obtaining professional advice is critical to effective IP protection. IP lawyers and consultants can assist any business to register a trade mark, patent, or copyright protection, and implement a complete intellectual property strategy, from creation through to enforcement. The

Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)

is the representative body for Australian patent and trade mark attorneys and provides a 'Find an Attorney' service on its website.