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Intellectual Property Rights


A patent protects new inventions that concern for example innovative products, innovative procedures, and improvement of a product’s way of operation or its production method. In order for an invention to be patentable, it must be new, involve an inventive step and be susceptible of industrial application.


Trademarks aim to distinguish the products and services of an enterprise from the corresponding products or services of other enterprises. A trademark can be a distinctive word, shape, image, sound or colour or any combination of the above.

Industrial Design

An industrial design protects the appearance of a product or part of a product.


Copyright is an automatic right which protects, among others, literary, audio-visual, musical, theatrical, architectural and other artistic works, movies, databases, sound recordings, broadcasts, publications of previously unpublished works and computer programs.

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