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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 search patent information?

Patents being public documents, most IP offices worldwide offer facilities for the general public to consult patent databases. Some national and regional patent offices have also made their patent databases available online, generally free of charge. In addition, a number of private service providers offer sophisticated databases for a commercial fee. Patent agents are usually trained in searching patent documents and are often used by companies to obtain the information required.

English French, Spanish

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