Multiple IP Rights

Multiple IP Rights

Each IP right is quite different from the others. For example, the inventor of a new interlocking paving stone may be able to obtain a patent on the method of making the stone and the aspects of the structure of the stone which permit it to interlock. An industrial design registration may also be obtained covering decorative features in the shape of the stone. The name under which the stone is sold may be protected by a trademark registration. Finally, information which may be presented in booklets or videos describing how to install the stones may be protected by copyright.

Websites are another example of how different intellectual property rights might exist and cross each other. Starting with the domain name registration for the website, one or many trademarks may be used (words, designs, slogans) in association with wares or services which themselves might be covered by copyright, patent or industrial design protection. There may also be copyright protection in the text, database or artistic work appearing on the website or even in a song or music played while consulting the website. Each of these forms of intellectual property gives a right to different but possibly related protection.