IP Management:

IP Guide for SMEs

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Primer


By: World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)


Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

A broad introduction to intellectual property is available in the WIPO publication Intellectual Property Reading Material. A summary of intellectual property legislation in member States, as well as contact information, etc., is available in the WIPO Guide to Intellectual Property Worldwide.

For detailed information on specific areas of intellectual property, please visit the links below.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Patents


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Trademarks

Protection of Well-Known Marks

Collective Marks


Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights

Industrial Designs

Geographical Indications

Utility Models

Trade Secrets