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How Trade Marks are Different from Other Types of IP

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How Trade Marks are Different from Other Types of IP
Description Trade Marks Patents Copy Rights Registered Designs
1. What do intellectual property (“IP”) rights protect? Original business indicators or badges of origin for your goods and services Original idea or invention that is novel, not obvious and capable of industrial application. Covers products, processes which provide new technical solutions, new,method of doing things, composition of a new product or a technical,improvement on how certain objects work. Original forms of expression in works such as literary, dramatic musical and artistic works. Original aesthetic design features. A design can refer to the features of a shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process.
2. Do I need to register the Intellectual Property Office in Singapore to receive protection? Yes Yes No Yes
3. How long does the protection last? Indefinitely, but must be renewed before the end of every 10 years from the date you filed with IPOS. Renewable on an annual basis for up to 20 years from the date you filed with IPOS. For basic rights, lifetime of author from publication and 70 years after death of author. For Derivative Rights, between 25 to 70 years. Renewable on a 5-year basis for up to 15 years from the date you filed with IPOS.
4. Where is the protection valid? IP rights are territorial in nature.,To protect your IP in other countries, you should file the application for registration in those countries, whether country by country or utilising the processes put in place due to the international treaties concluded or ratified by Singapore. Under international agreements, a Singapore citizen or resident is generally given copyright
protection in another country who is the member of the same treaty as though the work was made there. Registration is possible in a select few countries where it is required by law.
IP rights are territorial in nature.Toprotect your IP in other countries, you should file the application for registration in those countries, whether country by country or utilising theprocesses put in place due to the international treaties concluded or ratified
by Singapore.
5. When do I need to pay maintenance fees to renew my IP? Every 10 years. Every year, according to scale starting from the 4th year from date of filing. For copyrights, you do not need to pay any maintenance fees. Every 5 years according to scale.
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