Protect your designs on World Intellectual Property Day
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26 April 2011 - BIS
and creative minds across the country are being encouraged to protect
their inventions and ideas to help design the future as part of this
year’s World Intellectual Property Day. Today (26 April) sees the
global members of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) join
forces to help raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trade marks
and designs affect everyday lives.
year the theme is ‘Designing the Future’. Designs are about the way an
object looks and developers can invest a lot of time and money into
making sure their designs are fit for purpose.
for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said:
touch almost every part of our day to day lives, from the chairs we sit
on to the phones we use. Registering your design with the Intellectual
Property Office can offer protection against unauthorised copies and
are keen to encourage businesses to get their designs protected to
allow them to reap the potential financial rewards of their
innovations. Many people are unaware that you can register a design for
just £60, granting exclusive rights that are renewable for up to 25
is about raising awareness of the importance to businesses of
protecting their innovative ideas. Investing in their creativity and
ideas now can help shape growth and success in the future.”
For more information about
World Intellectual Property Day visit the IPO website, www.ipo.gov.uk.
Intellectual property represents the property of the mind or intellect.
It can be an invention, trade mark, original design or the practical
application of a good idea.
- The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is within the
Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and is
responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights,
comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
- Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages
innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users,
promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the
- It operates in a national and an international environment
and its work is governed by national and international law, including
various international treaties relating to Intellectual Property (IP)
to which the United Kingdom is a party.
- The IPO website is today acting as a web portal for events
that are taking place across the world as part of the day.
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