Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are exclusive legal rights to particular creations of the mind, or intangible assets, that governing bodies grant to people or groups of people, usually for a set period of time. IPRs are granted for creations that are considered to be industrial property, including inventions, architectural designs, symbols, and geographical indications, and for expressive works like musical compositions, literary and artistic works, films, photographs, performances, computer programs, and recordings. The former category is often granted in the form of patents and trademarks, whereas the latter category is usually recognized by copyrights and related rights. People and groups can also claim IPRs for recipes, food-processing technologies, food brands, sources of food origin, and edible plant varieties. The grant of IPRs is usually dependent ...

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