Cyprus: How to protect IP rights in Cyprus
Elean Papachristoforou of Andreas Neocleous in Cyprus examines the
different means of protection available in the country, and explains how the law has changed following EU accession in 2004
Intellectual property is any product of human intellect that
is unique and novel with some value in the marketplace. IP laws
cover ideas, inventions, literary creations, unique names,
business models, industrial processes, computer program codes
Article 2 of the World Intellectual Property Convention of
1968 defines IP as including:
Literary, artistic and scientific works; Performances of
performing artists, phonograms and broadcasts; Inventions in
all field of human endeavour; Scientific discoveries;
Industrial designs; Trade marks, service marks and commercial
names and designations; Protection against unfair competition;
and All other rights resulting from intellectual activity in
the industrial, scientific, literary or artistic fields. Cyprus
has been developing this area of law along with the rest of the
world so as to protect local as well as international IP
rights. It is a signatory to a number of treaties and the
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