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Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Rights are a basic asset of companies. They protect innovations and are valid in individual countries for specified periods. They are generally granted by a national patent office, or a regional one like the EPO. They confer the right to prevent third parties from making, using or selling the innovation without their owners‘ consent.

There are different types of rights, which should not be confused with the other kinds of intellectual property rights available:
Patents can be granted for technical inventions, for example, a product, a process or an apparatus, which are new, industrially applicable and involve an inventive step. Utility Models can be registered in some countries, to protect technical innovations which might not qualify for a patent. Copyright protects creative and artistic works such as literary texts, musical compositions and broadcasts against unauthorised copying and certain other uses. Trade marks are distinctive signs identifying brands of products or services; they may be made up of two- or three-dimensional components such as letters, numbers, words, shapes, logos or pictures, or even sounds. Designs and models protect a product‘s visual appearance, i.e. its shape, contours or colour.
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