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Under PINTAS IP Protection, we help to protect your intellectual property assets in all your strategic markets and production bases worldwide.




IP Protect Module entails identification and capturing of vital intellectual capital and knowledge developed by a company in the course of its operations. These critical intellectual capital or knowledge which contributes to overall competitive advantage of the company can be owned in the forms of patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs or trade secrets depending on the nature of the knowledge. The challenge of IP Protect Module is to identify the sum total of knowledge or intellectual capital of an organisation, capture and codify the knowledge to become intellectual assets of the organisation and eventually selective protect the intellectual assets so that they become proprietary of the oganisation as illustrated by the Diagram 2.3.1 above

The Table below summarises the different categories of intellectual property assets protectable by the intellectual property system. In essence, intellectual property system protects intangible assets which are the fruit of creative or innovative capacities of the mind and grants the owner the exclusive rights to commercially exploit the assets for a limited duration of time.

Nature Funtions Types Duration of
protection
InternationalProtection
PATENT Protects
inventions, ie
products or
processes that
offers technical
solution to a
problem
a) Article of
manufacture
b) Process
c) Machine
d) composition of
matter
20 years from
filing date of
patent
a) PCT Filing
b) Paris Convention Filing
TRADEMARK Protects
distinctive sign
which identifies
certain goods or
problem
a) Product Mark (TM)
b) Service mark (SM)
10 years from
filing date of trademark
a) Madrid
Trademark
b) Paris Convention
Filing
INDUSTRIAL
DESIGN
Protects
ornamental or
aesthetic aspect
of industrial
products
a) 3-dimensional
features, eg:shape
or surface
b) 2-dimensional
features,
eg:-patterns or lines
Initial 5 years
and can be
renewed, in
most cases for
15 years
a) Hague Design
b) Paris Convention
Filing
COPYRIGHT Protects original
expression of
ideas
reduced to
material forms.
1. literary works
2. artistic works
3. musical works
4. sound recordings
5. performing right
Usually 50
years after the
death of the
authors
Berne Convention

Table 2.3.2: Summary of Different Categories of IP Assets


Patent

Protects inventions that offer solutions to technical problems

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Industrial Design

Protects ornamental or aesthetic aspects of industrial products

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Trademark

Protects distinctive signs which identify certain goods or services

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Copyright

Protects original expressions of ideas reduced to material forms

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