Own-it | Intellectual Property Know-How for Creative Businesses



Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

Various international treaties govern world trade copyright arrangements, ostensibly to reduce inter-jurisdictional disputes. Most but not all nations co-operate with these treaties. The main treaties include: the Berne Convention (copyright, established 1886); Paris Convention (patents, established 1883); TRIPS (the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, established 1986-94) and WTO-WIPO (which sets out how the WTO will co-operate with the WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization, established 1996). The cultural position on intellectual property that they represent has been challenged in various international declarations such as the Bellagio Declaration of 1993 and the Geneva Declaration on the future of WIPO 2004.

The Glossary of IP Terms was prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England.

Photo credit: TooFarNorth


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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