Estonian Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Centre (EIPTTC) advise businesses and entrepreneurial people on intellectual property issues. We help our customers to get an overview of their intellectual property, its protection options and possible future strategies. In addition our experts help customers to get answers on copyright, trademarks and other industrial property issues.
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Intellectual property rights include human mental activity results.
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, the definition includes intellectual property rights in relation to:
Intellectual property protection is valid in the work’s country or territory of the work’s origin to citizens and permanent residents. A number of international agreements enable interstate recognition.
IP rights are:
Copyright – literary, artistic and scientific works. The right to authors’ works is regulated with the Copyright Act. Protection arises automatically with the creation of the work: no need to register, deposit or add protection marks.
Related rights- rights of performers, phonograms producers and radio and television organizations, which are regulated with the Copyright Act (like in Estonia) or separate laws.
Industrial property rights, which protect inventions (protected by patents or utility models), industrial designs, trademarks and service marks, trade names, geographical indications and layout-designs of integrated circuits.
Protection documents in Estonia are letters patent for invention and certificate for trade mark, utility model, industrial design, layout-design of integrated circuit and geographical indication. Protection documents are given out by an authorized institution, in Estonia it is the Patent Office.
Today, companies are more and more valued according to their IP, which forms IP portfolio including following categories: