Case study 2: Inventive Irene
Talking pointWithin the Comments, consider sharing with other learners your thoughts on the situation faced by Irene in the case study:
- Irene comes up with an idea she thinks will solve the problem of wasps flying into open soft drink cans. She draws the design of the device on a piece of paper and then locks it away in a drawer to make it confidential information, but what else can she do?
- Irene wants to call her product “BUHZZ OHFF” using a picture of a wasp in a circle with a line through it. What can she do to protect this name and the image as a logo?
- Irene makes a prototype of the device herself in her garage, but does not have enough money to manufacture any more nor can she access the network of outlets that might be able to help offer it for retail sale. What can Irene do?
- How can Irene make it clear when meeting with people that their discussions should be in confidence. Irene wants to pitch her idea publicly on a television show. What else can she do to protect herself before she does this?
- What about if she wants to sell her product to people overseas?
- Can she sue Greedy Garry? Does it matter if Garry runs his online selling business from Australia where Irene is also based? Would it matter if Garry was based overseas but selling product into Australia?
Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law
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