Any person having an idea, concept, invention, creation or any other form of IP and who is seeking to obtain recognition and protection with regard to the same, may avail of the extensive information provided on such websites, which are managed, monitored and updated regularly in relation to amendments which are proposed and adopted frequently to keep up to date with the requirements of the fast progressing of law and society.
These websites or resources for intellectual property make it convenient for a layman to understand briefly, the basic or general information with regard to the different types of intellectual property and prove to be an extremely helpful first step in the process of obtaining rights, recognition and protection with respect to one’s intellectual property.
The primary IP resource in India, Intellectual Property India, has been set up and is regularly monitored and updated by and under the supervision of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The site, inter alia, provides extensive information with regard to:
The most prominent resource globally for IP, however, is the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), which provides everything from the basic information with regard to the different kinds of intellectual property to running a worldwide search for the same. Most, if not all, of the rules, regulations, treaties, agreements etc. governing the various jurisdictions of the world can be readily found on the WIPO website, which is updated and amended regularly.
Even though most of the laws regulating rights in intellectual property are uniform across the globe, however they do vary, to some extent, in different jurisdictions. The procedural aspects relating to grant of recognition and protection of rights in IP vary from country to country and each jurisdiction has its own website providing all the necessary information relating to the same.
The list provided hereinabove is not exhaustive and each country/jurisdiction has its own website run by the relevant ministry or department, as the case may be.