Intellectual property are protected in different forms such as Trademarks, patents, copyrights and others
Trademark is your picture in trade and commerce, consumer identifies your goods through your picture. Trademark may be a word or a combination of words, letters, and numerals, drawings, symbols, three-dimensional features such as the shape and packaging of goods, sounds, fragrances, colour shades used as distinguishing features. Trademark registration in reality gives confidence to consumer that your goods originate from you and that you are not selling others’ goods under any infringed trademark. However, once you invest your resources in brand building and as your brand gathers reputation, it attracts attention of infringers and free riders, and also in some cases attracts false threat of infringements and legal proceedings. Thus it is always advisable to get your trademark registered at the earliest opportunity whether you are already using it or intends to use in near future. Trademark can be protected nationally as well as internationally and usually comes with a registration of 10 years post which renewal is required every 10 years. IT is advisable to register your trademark from experienced Trademark Registration Lawyer only.
Patent right is granted for an invention, technology, a process, a method, products of such process, product, where there is technology is involved, new composition which either solves long existing problem or imparts advancement and/ or economic benefit. Through registration of patent, patentee is granted exclusive right to prevent or stop others from commercially exploiting the patented invention without express license or authorisation from the patentee. Patent rights are territorial rights which are applicable within the territory of the country granting such rights. Patent rights are granted for a period of 20 years subject to renewal every year.
Copyright protects expression of any idea, and expression varies from person to person, even if two people express an idea in similar manner without getting influences by one’s creation, copyright exists for both of their expression. However, such expression has to be in a tangible form capable of being reproduced. Copyright covers literary works such as story, article, lyrics, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings, architecture and many more. Once work comes into being copyright exists in it automatically. However, it is always advised to get the registration done to avoid any legal complexity. Copyright protection covers your exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and perform or display the created work, and prevents other people from copying or exploiting the creation without the copyright holder’s permission.