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Within the traditional methods there are two forms that infringement can take, direct and indirect. 

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Creative commons, a relatively new movement when compared to the long standing methodologies of traditional intellectual property rights, is aimed at providing universal access to research, education, and culture by creating a balance between copyright laws and the freedom of access achieved by the internet. 

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The last traditional method of intellectual property management is through trade secrets. Unlike the other methods, ideas are protect through non-disclosure ensuring no-one else knows about them. 

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There are two forms of design right, Registered Design and Unregistered Design. By using these methods effectively it is possible for a design firm to protect the form of any products they have designed.

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When a company comes up with “new” and “inventive” piece that has capable of industrial application it is possible to patent the idea. 

This is a long one by the way!

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Copyright is a form of intellectual property management that relates to literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works as well as typographic arrangements, recording and broadcasts. Within the context of the design consultancy this would mostly relate to artistic works, with all drawing and two dimensional works being included. 

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Trademarks are a device that indicates ownership of products or services and can help differentiate the goods and services from those of competing companies. The trademark can also be used as a marketing tool and lower the search costs for consumers by providing them with information about the nature and quality of the product. 

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In this next series of discussions we shall be covering Intellectual Property. This will include the types available and the importance of protection. I will also include a figurative example of how a design firm can implement these forms as we go through. 

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Today’s long awaited design discussion is on whether a designer should be working for free and the arguments for and against this!

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Our final topic in this series is “Good Design is as little design as possible”.

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