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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions


  • What areas of intellectual property does IPOPNG deal with?


IPOPNG administers trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyrights


  • How can register/protect my idea with IPOPNG?


  • What are the lodgment requirements?


  • What are the difference between a trade mark, copy right, patent and/or industrial design?


  • How long does it take to process an application?


  • What are the associated fees?


  • How can I get a form to apply?


  • How and where can an owner go to stop an IP Infringement?

Trademark Questions


  • What is a trade mark?


  • What can be protected when registering a trade mark?


  • What forms do I fill to register a trade mark?


  • Who can register a trademark?


  • How long does it take to process a Trademark Certificate?


  • What’s the difference between Application Fee & Registration Fee?


  • How long does it take to produce a receipt?


Patent Questions


  • What is a Patent?



  • What is protected by a Patent?

Patent protection ONLY covers the technical function of an invention whether it be a machine, a process of making a finished product or a device such as a stapler, paper clip, remote control etc


  • What is not protected by a Patent?

Patent does not protect the following;

  • discoveries of materials or substance already existing in nature;
  • scientific theories or mathematical methods;
  • plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of such plant or animal varieties, other than microbiological processes;
  • schemes, rules or methods, such as those for doing business, performing purely mental acts or playing games;
  • methods of treatment for humans or animals, or diagnostic methods practised on humans or animals (but not products such as medicinal drugs for use in such methods)


  • What is the term of protection?

In PNG, patent protection is valid for only 20 years.


  • Who enforces an IP Right?


  • What is the process available under IP law to oppose or invalidate a registered IP?


Copyright Questions


  • What is covered under copyright protection?


  • How is my work protected under copyright?


  • How do I know my work has been copied?


  • How do I enforce my right under copyright?


  • Can IPO help me enforce my right?


  • Can IPO assist me draft my license agreements or assign my rights?


  • Can IPO assist me enforce my right in Court?