Intellectual property rights protect creativity and innovation in all fields of human endeavour - be it the arts, industry, commerce or information technology.
The main intellectual property rights are:
Copyright – protects literary, dramatic, musical or artistic creations, as well as broadcasts, sound recordings and software programmes.
Patents – protect inventions in all areas from telecommunications to pharmaceuticals; machinery to chemical processes; and everything in between.
Trade marks and passing off – protect trade names, logos and get-up.
Design right – protects the visual appearance of objects, including industrial objects.
Trade secrets – protect confidential business information such as secret processes, know-how and customer lists.
Axiom Advocates' members can advise across the whole spectrum of intellectual property rights: how to make sure your interests are properly protected in advance; how to enforce your rights against infringers; and how to defend yourself against third party claims.