Intellectual Property  Management (IPM)

IP Guide for SMEs


Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)


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
includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source;

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.



Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Well-Known Marks

Collective Marks


Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights

Industrial Designs

Geographical Indications

Utility Models

Trade Secrets





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.


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