Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.
Businesses and innovators need easy, cost-effective ways to protect their inventions, their brands, and their designs in multiple countries.
We offers a range of global services for protecting intellectual property (IP) across borders, and for resolving IP disputes outside the courts.
World Patent and Trademark Organisation offers a wide range of global IP services. They provide a highly efficient, fast and cost-effective means of helping innovators and creators – both corporate and individual – protect their inventions, trademarks and designs in multiple countries, and also resolve their IP disputes, including those involving domain names.
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Whether you are a multinational business or an individual, our services provide you with a fast, efficient and cost-effective route for protecting your inventions, trademarks or designs across borders.
Copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.
A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application.
A trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one enterprise from those of other enterprises. Trademarks are protected by intellectual property rights.
In a legal sense, an industrial design constitutes the ornamental aspect of an article. An industrial design may consist of three dimensional features, such as the shape of an article, or two dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or color.