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Patents, copyrights and trademarks

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Intellectual property (IP) rights have commercial value because they can:

  1. distinguish a business from its competitors
  2. be sold or licensed, providing an important revenue stream
  3. offer customers something new and different
  4. form an essential part of the marketing or branding process
  5. be used as security for loans or other investments

There are a number of organisations which protect such rights in different countries and trading blocs:

What is WIPO?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an agency of the United Nations. dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.