Intellectual Property

Laws that protect intellectual property


Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artisitc works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps and technical drawings


A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention. Generally speaking, a patent provides the patent owner with the right to decide how - or whether - the invention can be used by others. In exchange for this right, the patent owner makes technical information about the invention publicly avilable in the published patent document.