There are several forms of intellectual property rights in the world today, such as copyrights, industrial designs, patents, trademarks and integrated circuit topographies...etc. These are rights granted for intellectual creativity and are also forms of intellectual property.
Although each jurisdiction has its own regulations regarding the protection of these rights. The distinction is necessary because people occasionally confuse one form the other. The distinction among these forms is as follow:
- Copyrights are for literary, artistic, dramatic or musical works and computer software.
- Industrial designs are for the shape, pattern or ornamentation applied to an industrially produced object.
- Patents are for new technologies (process, structure and function) and, in certain circumstances, patent protection also may be available for computer software.
- Trademarks are for the protection of product identity in the marketplace.
- Integrated circuit topographies refer to the three-dimensional configuration of the electronic circuits embodied in integrated circuit products or layout designs.
We at DR. AL-OUFI LAW FIRM advice on matters relating to these Intellectual property rights including searching, filing, renewing, obtaining, preventing the unauthorized use of clients' rights. We also advise on issues relating to various infringements, such as counterfeit and piracy of these rights.
We in this Web Site will give an overview of three of the laws relating to Intellectual Property in Saudi Arabia, which are in effect at this time.
We will explore in this Web Site the important points in Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights Laws. It is designed to be your introduction to the laws and procedures. Information presented in this Web Site is not, however, a comprehensive text on the laws, nor is it a substitute for the professional advice you may need from a licensed professional to assist you in protecting your rights.