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What is the difference between a registered and an unregistered trademark?

A registered trademark refers to a design or logo that has been submitted to the Trademarks Office, has been approved, and entered on the Trademark Register. Registration of a trademark gives legal protection over your design so that there can be no question as to ownership. An unregistered trademark is not entered on the Trademark Register and does not have the same legal protection, however Common Law and Australia’s automatic copyright protection may still offer some protection but it is much more difficult to enforce your intellectual property rights if they are not registered.

Lachlan McKnight

Lachlan McKnight


Lachlan is the CEO of LegalVision. He co-founded LegalVision in 2012 with the goal of providing high quality, cost effective legal services at scale to both SMEs and large corporates.

Qualifications: Lachlan has an MBA from INSEAD and is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

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