April 13, 2017

Using the ® and ™ Symbols in Australia

Using the ® and ™ Symbols in Australia In Australia, there are two important symbols used to identify trade marks.  It is important to know when, why and how to use them correctly. When? The ™ symbol is used with unregistered marks, when a business intends to claim a trade […]
April 13, 2017

The Difference Between a Business Name and a Trade Mark

The Difference Between a Business Name and a Trade Mark Contrary to what many people think, registering a business name does not give you the exclusive right to use that name, and stop others from using the same or similar name. To have an exclusive right to use a name, […]
March 17, 2017

Starting a business checklist

Starting a business checklist Starting your own business can be an exciting but daunting time.  Our starting a business checklist will guide you through important steps to ensure you get off on the right foot. Develop your business plan Develop your marketing plan Develop an exit strategy Decide on your […]
March 16, 2017

Beware, Trade Mark Scam!

Beware, Trade Mark Scam! Beware of unsolicited letters about trade mark registration or renewal asking for large sums of money, as you may be the target of a trade mark scam.  These letters from unfamiliar organisations, which have no connection with IP Australia, should be treated with caution. When you […]
February 16, 2017

Business registrations and licences

Business registrations and licences When starting a business, it is important to know what registrations and licences apply to you to ensure legal compliance.  If you do not have the correct registrations and licences in place, you risk closure from non-compliance. There are many business licences, permits, registrations and certificates, […]
February 16, 2017

What documents need my ACN?

On what documents do I need to display my Australian Company Number (“ACN”)? In Australia, on registration with ASIC, every new company is issued with a unique, nine-digit number known as an Australian Company Number (“ACN”).  The ACN is used to identify a company.  It is important to know which […]
February 8, 2017

Information to include on a tax invoice

Information to include on a tax invoice Tax invoices for taxable sales of less than $1,000 must include the following information: The words “tax invoice” The seller’s identity The seller’s Australian business number (ABN) The date of issue of the tax invoice A brief description of the goods or services […]
February 8, 2017

Top 6 legal considerations for a start-up business

Top 6 legal considerations for a start-up business Starting a business is exciting!  It is, however, important to comply with all necessary legal requirements to ensure your business is adequately protected from the outset. Due to a lack of experience, knowledge and resources, start-up business founders tend to overlook the […]