What is IP

What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property, very broadly, means the legal rights which result from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields.

Intellectual Property falls into two main fields:

1. Industrial Property:
Covers inventions and industrial designs, as well as trademarks, service marks, commercial names and designations, including indications of source and appellations of origin, and protection against unfair competition.

2. Copyright & Neighbouring Rights:
Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of  literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction,  communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work.

Why register or obtain rights over your creations/intellectual property?

Legally protect your creation and at the same time be recognised as the creator.
You are granted breathing space to allow you to benefit from your creative ability and related costs of making your creation available to the public.
Allows you to enjoy a time limited monopoly  over your creation. Whilst this monopoly is in effect you can bar others from utilising your creation (s).
You have the power to sell or license your creation.

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