Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual Property rights grant the owner of the work exclusive rights to exploit and benefit from his/her creation.

Why protect Intellectual Property?

  • To provide an incentive to the innovators to be able to benefit from the result of their endeavor.
  • The legal protection of innovations encourages the commitment of additional resources for further innovation.
  • The promotion and protection of intellectual property spurs economic growth, creates jobs and enhances the quality and enjoyment of life

Forms of Intellectual Property

The most common forms of Intellectual Property include: Copyright, trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs and geographical indications.

Intellectual Property Forms

Traditional Knowledge

Form Number Name Section
Traditional Knowledge Protection N/A

Patent Forms

Form Number Name Section
10 Request for Examination Reg. 24 (1)
17 Change of Ownership Reg. 38(1)
42 Search Request Reg. 64
43 Ammendment Reg. 65
2 Application of Utility Model s 21, Reg 6(1)
Annual Maintenance Reg 35
16 Request to restore application/ Patent Reg. 37(1)(a)