You can register and protect your product or service with IP rights. This prevents other parties from copying your products and inventions.
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What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual Property or IP is the collective name for rights that protect the realisations of ideas and concepts. Examples of products and services you can protect with IP rights are: music, brand names, trade names, inventions, product designs, techniques, games, software, lyrics, and photographs.
Different types of IP rightsYou can protect your product or service using different types of IP rights. Some rights you have to register or deposit. Some rights are awarded automatically. Bear in mind that, when it comes to claiming your IP rights, it is always best to have a written record that states you are the owner of the IP rights of a product or service. This is true even for automatically awarded IP rights.
Rights you have to register
- Trademark right protects your trade name, company logo, brand name, product or service.
- Patent protects a technical invention.
- Design right protects a design, drawing, or model.
- Plant breeder’s right protects newly developed plant races.
Rights you automatically have
- Copyright protects writings (for instance lyrics, books), photos, software, films, games and websites.
- Trade name right protects your trade name.
- Database right falls under copyright law. It protects against the re-using of data in databases.
- Semiconductor right protects semiconductors like chips and microprocessors. You need to apply for this right.
Other forms of protection
- The i-DEPOT gives your idea or design a legal date stamp.
- You can use a non-disclosure agreement (NDA, confidentiality statement) to lay down in writing the conditions under which information can be shared.
- The Trade Secret Protection Act (Wet bescherming bedrijfsgeheimen, Wbb) protects your company secrets. For instance, a unique recipe.
- To protect regional specialities, you can apply for three types of EC geographic indications of source certificates. For instance, mozzarella from Italy or feta from Greece.