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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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How do I protect my works? What rights does copyright provide?

Unlike other IP rights where registration is required, copyright itself does not depend on official procedures. A created work is considered protected by copyright as soon as it exists. According to international conventions (in particular the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works) literary and artistic works are protected without any formalities in the countries party to those conventions. Thus, there is no international system for applying for copyright protection across a number of different countries.

English Spanish, French

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