Intellectual Property Law
What is Intellectual Property Law ?
“Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.” (Source: WIPO-World Intellectual Property Organisation).
“New technologies have radically increased the speed of distribution of protected materials and altered the boundaries of traditional copyright law. With the click of a mouse, a thousand-page book can be transmitted around the world within seconds, and a copyrighted work can be posted on a website for millions to see, copy, and download to their very own PC. Not only has the media changed but works needing protection have changed just as dramatically. Now databases, computer programmes, and even the designs of semiconductor chips require special IP protection”, states a leading IP law firm.
Intellectual property or IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers...