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Intellectual property

Do you want to acquire sole rights to manufacture and market a new product? In other words, do you want to avoid your competitors profiting from creations or inventions into which you have invested your time and money?

You need to register the product and its descriptive documentation.

Whether it is a matter of a technological advance, a form  or a name, these aspects can all be covered by official rights which allow you to prevent a third party from copying those that belong to you without your permission. However, not everything can be protected and not everything that can be protected necessarily requires registration.

There are various forms of protection: copyright, patent, trademark, design right.

Creations and distinguishing marks

The term "intellectual property" covers all the products of the human imagination. These intangible and intellectual products are divided into two categories: creations and distinguishing marks.

Creations include technical creations such as inventions and plant varieties in the fields of agriculture and horticulture. Aesthetic and artistic creations include literary and intellectual work, sculptures and paintings, music, films and photography, and also the external form (design) of a utilitarian object. Trademarks and logos are considered as being distinguishing marks.

Inventions, plant varieties, trademarks and the external forms of utilitarian objects fall into a category known as industrial property.

Intellectual property rights such as patents, plant breeders' rights, copyright, design rights and trademarks give their holders an exclusive right for a limited time to exploit their intellectual property within a given jurisdiction. Such a monopoly is a stimulus to the innovations which are the key to economic growth, but runs contrary to the right of free competition which is vital to a free market economy.

This is why intellectual property rights are only granted under strictly defined conditions and for a finite period.