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NovelIP provides trademark services and intellectual property investigations to protect your client’s business assets.

NovelIP is uniquely positioned to meet all your intellectual property due diligence and evidentiary strategy needs. Our principal, Kristine van Ruiten, is a Registered Trade Marks Attorney and Licensed Private Investigator with close to 20 years’ experience in intellectual property and trade mark investigations and information research.

We are located in Drouin in Gippsland, Victoria and provide the full range of services you expect from a city investigation firm with personalised, friendly service.

Our reports are provided in a format that can be easily transferred into a Statutory Declaration or Affidavit for use by our clients moving forward.

With a wealth of experience, NovelIP are uniquely positioned to provide a professional and comprehensive suite of investigation and information research services for Intellectual Property law practitioners. We cover all areas of intellectual property including copyright, trade marks, patents, designs and plant breeders rights) and all aspects of intellectual property evidence collection and preparation.

Our range of services include:


Trade Mark Use – Current and Historic

Trade Mark Investigations can be complicated. It is not enough to merely establish use: matters pivot on priority dates, nature of use, identity of the user and how and who applied the trade marks to the goods or services.
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Common Law Trade Mark Searches

Not all trade marks are registered! Are your clients looking to test the uniqueness of their trade marks? Or perhaps just make sure that no one else has any pre-existing use to undermine the strength of their trade mark? Searches of online databases, general internet literature, media and a variety of other sources can identify uses of the mark in contexts outside the usual channels.
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IP Portfolio Audits

NovelIP’s methodical and strategic approach to Intellectual Property portfolio audits are an integral part of any due diligence process relating to company mergers or acquisitions.
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NovelIP have conducted many successful copyright investigations involving artistic works, text, sound recordings, music compositions, dramatic works and computer programs. We collect and provide evidence to help you protect your client’s exclusive right.
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Similarity of Goods & Services

Evidence to establish a nexus between your client’s goods and/or services and those of a competitor can be invaluable in a number of circumstances examining similar goods or closely related services including Section 44 and Section 58A cases.
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Competitor Surveys

Novel IP conduct investigative surveys of the landscape of goods and/or services in the market. These are invaluable in establishing whether a trade mark is capable of distinguishing goods and/or services.
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Controlled Purchases of Counterfeit, Infringing, or Closely Resembling Goods

Know where the infringing goods or services are being sold? Then we can conduct controlled purchases of counterfeit, infringing, or closely resembling goods from online and physical traders.
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Identification of Counterfeit, Infringing, or Closely Resembling Goods

Through expert search and investigation methods we can identify online and physical retailers of counterfeit, infringing or closely resembling goods.
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Attendance at Trade Only Exhibitions & Shows

Through a network of business names and long established contacts we have access to trade only exhibitions and shows which allow us access to wholesalers and importers.
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Patent & Design Prior Use

A simple patent or design search can save your client a lot of time, money and effort in the long run! NovelIP conduct three main types of patent investigations including Landscape Investigations, Targeted Investigations to Undermine a Patent or Design Family and Equivalent Investigations.
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Bad Faith

Bad faith evidence is becoming increasingly important, particularly in relation to domain name disputes. We have access to a variety of sources of information that can track a registrant's WHOIS history and establish a pattern of behaviour.
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Surveillance of persons of interest, especially market stall proprietors, retailers or wholesalers.
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Novel Investigation Solutions for Intellectual Property Practitioners

Investigations conducted by a Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney and Licensed Private Investigator with over 17 years’ experience gathering and preparing evidence for Federal Court and IP Australia hearings.*

*A list of published decisions citing our work is available on request.

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Novel IP acknowledges the Gunaikurnai people as the traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the lands. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging and thank them for their contributions.

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