Intellectual Property in very layman’s terms could be defined as property emanating from the mind of the individual. Any creation thereto is covered in the ambit of such a right. The legal definitions of such a right has thereafter been created to compartmentalize these rights:
A Trademark is therefore the mark or an identifier for the purpose of trade or in other words a sign by which one distinguishes one’s goods or services from goods or services of all others. The earliest documented use was by blacksmiths while making swords in the Roman Empire.
Similarly, Copyright is defined as the “the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (such as a literary, musical, or artistic work)”. Put very plainly, the text you are seeing now is my copyright, or if you create a software code that is copyrightable and so are the songs created, sung by a singer/songwriter.
Patent is the exclusivity that is given to an inventor for the unique or novel device, method, composition or process that one creates. This is done in exchange of the public disclosure made.
Design is the protection of the outer structuring or contours of a given product which needs to be unique or novel. The ornamental aspect therefore is the key to obtaining a copyright on the industrial design.
There are other forms such as Geographical Indications, Plant Varieties, Trade Secrets etc.
Today, with the Internet being both a boon and bane at the same time, it becomes important to protect one’s rights in a formal way. The undocumented idea has no protection in the eyes of any law across the globe. Therefore, if your idea is not formally documented, you might just end up losing your right over it.
Our USP for Intellectual Property and perhaps all work is that we provide an end to end service model. Our strength lies in knowing each phase of the Intellectual Property Life Cycle and providing a comprehensive solution in terms of cost, processes and time.
- IP Audits
- Formulation of IP Strategy for an organization
- Filing and prosecuting applications – Patents, Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights and other IP rights
- Drafting and negotiating IP Contracts
- IP Litigation & Enforcement
- Legal advisory on branding
- Domain Name infringement