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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).

English Spanish, French

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Where can I find information on intellectual property protection and related procedures in different countries?

The best place to start looking for information on the rules and procedures for the protection of IP in your country or in another country is at the office(s) in charge of IP protection in that country. IP offices are public sector bodies that generally come under the supervision of one of the government ministries (e.g. the Ministry for Trade and Industry).

English French, Spanish

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