Your intellectual property is a valuable asset. Protect it with these customizable forms for copyright, trade mark and patent rights.
The World Intellectual Property Organization defines intellectual property (IP) as "creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce." So IP can be a song or a novel or a film, a technological invention, a design, logo or brand, a piece of software, or some other intellectual creation.
- Copyright is the right to make copies of, to license and to exploit a literary, artistic or musical work. These rights belong to the creator unless and until assigned to another party, and extend for the life of the creator and for a period of 50 years thereafter.
- Trademark or trade mark is a unique symbol, sign or phrase registered by a party to identify a product, service, or a range of products and services.
- Patent is a set of rights granted by a government authority to the inventor or owner of a new technology or a new application of existing technology, which excludes others from manufacturing or using the patented technology. Patents expire after a specified period of years, depending on the country they were obtained in.