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- A set of exclusive rights granted by the government for a limited time to regulate the use of a particular form, way or manner in which an idea or information is expressed.

7) Patents

- A set of exclusive rights granted by a state to a person for a fixed period of time in exchange for the regulated, public disclosure of certain details of a device, method, process or substance (known as an invention) which is new, inventive and useful.

INVENTIONS PROTECTED BY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS • Architectural

Audio visual

Sound recording

•   Literary

•   Musical

•   Sculptural.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

There are four types of Intellectual Property protection. They are:

1)  Patents for invention utility, design or plant patents that protect  inventions and improvements to existing inventions.

2)  Trademarks for brand identity

    Words, names, symbols, devices and images that represent products, goods or services.

3)

Designs for product appearance

Literary and artistic material, music, films, sound recordings and broadcast, including  software and multimedia.

4)

Copyright for material.

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