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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property means the legal rights which result from intellectual activity, created by exercise of mental faculty in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. The law aims at safeguarding the intellectual property of the creators by granting them time limited rights to control its usage Intellectual property shall include rights relating to:

  • Trademarks, service marks and commercial names and designations,
  • Literary, artistic and scientific works,
  • Performances of performing artists, phonograms and broadcasts,
  • Inventions in all fields of human endeavor,
  • Scientific discoveries,
  • Industrial designs,
  • Protection against unfair competition,

The corresponding legislations protecting these rights in India are:

  1. Trade Marks Act 1999
  2. Copy Right Act 1957
  3. The Patents Act 1970
  4. Design Act 2000
  5. The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999
  6. Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design Act 2000
  7. Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers\\\' Rights Act, 2001
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