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Frequently asked questions

What is a patent?

A patent grants inventors or their assigns the right to exclude unauthorized third parties from practising (producing, using or selling) their invention. Patents are granted over products, processes, or improvements to products and processes, and do not confer any right to commercialize.

What is an industrial design?

An industrial design is the exclusive right to reproduce the original visual features of configuration (shape), pattern, or ornament applied to a finished article.

What is copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, produce, perform in public, translate, communicate to the public via telecommunications and, in some cases, lease a work or allow a third party to do so.

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a word or drawing (or a combination of the two) that distinguishes one person or company’s goods or services from those of others.

How do I know which is the best type of protection?

Any analysis of your ideas, know-how and/or technology should include protection strategies comprised of one or more types of intellectual property, taking into account your business objectives and other types of existing protection.

How do I defend my intellectual property rights?

Enforcing and defending your IP rights hinges on using a well thought out strategy. We recommend that you always analyze the desired objective, visualize how to go about realizing it and, when litigation is the clear course of action, adopt a team approach in order to resolve conflicts, whether by litigation or an alternate means of settlement such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

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