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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How do I license works protected by copyright?

In the case of a publishing contract, the owner of copyright does not need and usually does not intend to part with the copyright or even the right to control the publication of the work. Under certain copyright laws, which consider the author’s economic rights inseparable from the moral rights, assignment of the author’s right to publish the work may not even be possible. When entering into a publishing contract, the owner of the copyright usually only undertakes to restrict the exercise of the right in the work to be published, and restrict it to the extent necessary for the publisher to be able to use the work. At the same time, the ownership of copyright does not change, but remains with the author or other owner of the copyright.

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