Intellectual Property Law (IP Law)
Such rights can include industrial property rights (trademarks, patent, designations of origin, industrial designs and models) and copyright. These areas of law represent the rights to one class of intangible property. Each is separate but related in the that comes all as a result of a creation of the mind. Each area has its own historical development and public policy justifications which play out in judicial application.
Property implies ownership and an ability to benefit from that right and to enforce that right against others that might infringe on it. There are numerous international treaties, national laws and common law cases and doctrines that come into play. This is complex and ever-changing law so this section of the Law Notes is devoted to outlining only the basics of Intellectual Property Law.