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International Protection of Intellectual Property Law

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What Is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property is defined as any invention, creation, innovation, or discovery. Intellectual property includes such things as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents. Generally, the intellectual property must be relatively unique in order for it to be protected.

Why Are There International Laws Protecting Intellectual Property?

International business has increased tremendously over the past few years. Internet use has allowed people to access information from all over the globe. Luckily, many nations have formed international laws that provide global protection for all intellectual property.

What Are Some Examples of International Laws That Protect Intellectual Property?

International laws have been adopted by international organizations, treaties, and conferences to globally protect intellectual property. Here are some examples:

  • Berne Convention of 1886 - Obviously, people have been aware of this problem for a while! This was one of the first treaties, which made sure that intellectual property rights were recognized in every country that participated in the convention.
  • TRIPS Agreement of 1994 - This agreement made sure that participating countries included in its domestic laws, protection and remedies for intellectual property violations.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty of 1996 - This treaty attempted to update past treaties to deal with copyright infringement on the internet.

What Can an Attorney Do for Me?

There are experienced attorneys that specialize in international law and its relation to intellectual property. If your intellectual property rights have been violated abroad or on the internet, contact an attorney to learn more about your rights and defenses. There is protection for intellectual property around the world and you should use it to your advantage.

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Last Modified: 07-14-2015 02:05 PM PDT

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