Frequently Asked Questions

International Law: Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property?

 Intellectual property is any innovation, commercial or artistic, or any unique name, symbol, logo or design used commercially.

Intellectual property is protected by

•  patents on inventions;
•  trademarks on branding devices;
•  copyrights on music, videos, patterns and other forms of expression;
•  trade secrets for methods or formulas having economic value and used commercially

For more information please view the legal lessons under the Exporting Tutorials section of the website and visit the World Intellectual Property Organization at

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