Secrets of Intellectual Property

A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters

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Guide in form of questions and answers dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues, aimed at small and medium-sized exporters and trade support institutions – explains basic concepts and principles regarding patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, confidential business information, and geographical indications; covers questions relevant to ownership of rights by employees, contracting, licensing and technology transfer; highlights importance of IP issues when drawing business, marketing and export plans and strategies, and deals with IP rights protection abroad; looks at link between IP and quality regulations and standards, packaging and labelling, electronic commerce and use of information technology; considers valuation and financial aspects of IP rights; focuses on the application of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement).

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What is a non-disclosure agreement?

It is sometimes necessary for a business to share a secret with another company. A manufacturer may need to have specialized tests carried out on a prototype, and not want competitors to know details of the new product. An assembly company may wish to know if a supplier can meet a new, tough specification which will give a quick market advantage, but not want anyone else to use the same specification. In both of these examples the prototype and the new specification must pass out of the owner’s hands, but the owner will of course wish to retain control.

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