The protection of intellectual property
Intelectual property (IP) refers to the protection of inventions of the human intellect in scientific, literary, artistic or commercial matters.
The law safeguards the IP by means of rights granted to the creator in order to have in his possession a document that allows him to demonstrate, if necessary, that he is the inventor. Example of ways of protection: patents, trademarks and copyright. Next we will explain a little each of them:
– Patents are an exclusive right granted by the State to citizens for the creation of a product or technology to prevent other people from using it without their approval.
– A trademark is a sign that is used to differentiate products or services of a company respect to others, which is why its protection is extremely necessary since this is the image of said product.
– Copyright is used to protect artistic and literary works. This includes: books, painting, sculpture, music, publications, among others related to the subject.
The main importance of intellectual property is that it legally protects the inventions and productions of the citizen respect society in general. That is, no one will have the right to use it, regardless of the purpose it pursues, without the consent of the creator, because it will have the protection of the State.
– World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): Is a global forum that focuses on service, policies, cooperation and information on the subject of intellectual property.
– In Spain there is the Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas (OEPM), attached to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
We hope that this information has clarified all the doubts about it. Do not hesitate to contact Llorente & Rayón for any help regarding the registration of your trademark, literary work, as well as patent your invention, or any other creation that you should protect.