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What is a Supplementary Protection Certificate

A supplementary protection certificate, commonly abbreviated to SPC, is a ‘sui generis’, or an ‘extension of a patent that is under a specific set of rights’. Each member state of the European Union has the right to issue SPCs, which are most frequently requested for medicinal products including plant protection and drugs…

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Exclusive rights gained from copyright

A copyright is a legal right given to the owner of a creative work. Essential a copyright protects the ‘physical expression of ideas’ e.g. musical compositions, photographs, film, web pages. It should be noted that a copyright can apply to both published and unpublished works…

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Definition of Copyright

Copyright is broad in scope, but can be defined as an ‘exclusive right to copy’ for the individual credited to a particular work. A copyright is a legal concept and owners of a copyright by law have the right to determine who can use their registered work and who may adapt it. Individuals and companies seeking a copyright…

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Why research trademark laws

Approval for the registration of a trademark in your selected country will depend heavily on whether the mark complies with the applicable trademark standards and laws in place. Once the owner of a mark has received exclusive rights over it, they must use the mark in a commercial capacity and in compliance with industry standards and laws, otherwise it may not…

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What is a trademark

A trademark is a type of logo, symbol, or name that is used as a form of brand identity to represent goods or services in the marketplace. The owner of a trademark can be an individual or a company, and provided the necessary requirements are met, the owner […]

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Benefits of copyright protection

Copyright provides the creator of an original work, such as a piece of music or a song, with exclusive rights to it. The rights obtained through copyright are typically limited for a specified period as stipulated by the relevant jurisdictions intellectual property authority….

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Revocation of trademark rights

The owner of a registered trademark receives a set of exclusive rights over the mark, which effectively prevents third parties from using it without their expressed consent to do so. However, if a trademark owner does not comply with the applicable laws and standards in place, they may […]

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Using my unregistered trademark commercially

It is highly advised to register a trademark or service mark, particularly where the mark will be used commercially or internationally for brand identity purposes; however, there is no legal obligation to do so. The legal matter of registering a trademark is particularly extensive and it can be […]

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What is a trade secret

A trade secret is the term given to a process, pattern, compilation of information, practice, formula or design, which is not generally known, and that can generate economic advantage for the person using it. Trade secrets can be very valuable and so it is important that trade secret owners are aware of their rights and legal protection…

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What is a design right

A design right is a form of intellectual property (IP) right that is issued to the owner of property that is unique, available and distinctive in design. Owners of designs have the right to register the design in order to obtain a set of exclusive rights of ownership. Once the property is registered, the owner has the right to deny or permit third…

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