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 issues must I consider as a user of works protected by copyright?

For some enterprises, the use or exploitation of copyrighted works, sound recordings, broadcasts or performances may be a central part of their daily business activities. This is almost certainly the case for radio stations, publishing houses, libraries, shops or nightclubs. For others, it may be simply an occasional tool used for enhancing corporate publications, websites and other marketing devices. For others still, the use of copyright material may be confined to the use of their computer software.

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