Intellectual Property (IP) Protection Services

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 selectively protect the intellectual assets so that they become proprietary of the organisation as illustrated by the diagram in a pyramid structure.

The Table below summaries the different categories of intellectual property assets protectable by the intellectual property system. In essence, intellectual property system protects intangible assets which are the fruits 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
Functions
Types
Duration of Protection
International Protection
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