In general, the more your intellectual property (IP) is worth, the higher the chance someone else might try to infringe on it.
If you think someone is imitating, copying or stealing your IP, it’s a good idea to take these basic steps:
Sammi and Trudi run a successful business selling infant products, including a new type of toddler cup that Sammi developed. After a disagreement, however, Trudi leaves to work for another business, taking the idea for the infant cup with her.
In an effort to claim ownership over the cup and stop the rival company selling it, Sammi tries to register the design with IPONZ. However, because the cup has been sold for years without any IP protection, it’s not considered new and her application for a design is deemed invalid.
IPONZ(external link) - New Zealand Intellectual Property Office
Patent attorney Information(external link) - New Zealand Patent Attorney Register
If sales are unusually down, or customers complain about inferior goods that you didn’t provide, someone could be copying your IP.
This might be product samples, website screenshots, quotes or material from the infringing party.