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Intellectual property

Do you want a monopoly on the production and sale of a new product? If so you have to register the product and its descriptive elements.  Attention: not everything can be protected, and what can be protected is not necessarily the subject of registration.

Intellectual property rights guarantee their holders a temporary and territorially restricted, exclusive exploitation of their intellectual property. This monopoly stimulates innovations that are indispensable for economic growth, but can go against the right of free competition which is indispensable for the free market economy.

This is why intellectual property rights are only granted under specific conditions and for a limited term.

Extensive information about intellectual property is available on the website of the Federal Government Department for the Economy.