What is IP?
- IPs are basically almost all that results from a creative mind: it is the result of inventions. They can be categorised into Industrial Property and Copyrights;
- Industrial Property: Patents for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and so on
- Copyrights: Protection of rights for literary works, artistic works and also of the artists in their performances
Why IPs need to be protected?
Promotes inventions which will enhance people’s standard of living
Provides an incentive to continue inventing, like a reward for having a creative mind.
Greatly contributes in boosting economic growth
Instil consumer trust: they will confidently invest their earnings in the product since they know that it is protected and not ripped off through some piracy scheme Mauritius is one of the 188 member states of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)which has the objective of promoting and protecting the development of the Intellectual Property System around the world. We also actively abide by the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Universal Copyright Convention and the Berne Convention.
Patents v/s Trademarks v/s Copyrights
Patents: Rights that are endowed to inventors (in the domain of technology) whereby they have complete control over the use and licensing of their product for a limited amount of time, after which the inventions enter public domain and can be commercially exploited by others.
In Mauritius, Patents are regulated by the Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act 2002 and the Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademark Regulations 2004.
Patents can be renewable for two consecutive periods of 5 years upon the payment of a renewable fee and by abiding to the conditions that may be imposed by the Controller.
Trademarks: Companies adopt a unique, tailor-made sign for their products and services generally to help customers identify them on the market as compared to those of their competitors. Trademarks can take the forms of combinations of words, letters or numerals or drawings, symbols or 3D designs.
They need to be protected as this will allow the owners to use them on their products and services and also permit their use by others against a payment.
In Mauritius, Trademarks are also regulated by the two above mentioned acts.
How can we help you?
Here, at TIL, we want to encourage new businesses to crop up and prosper and we welcome diversity in the provision of various types of goods and services. Consequently, we will make sure that you will be able to add a personal, unique and special touch to your enterprise’s identity by adopting your trademarks and service marks.
We will offer you the following services:
- We will be assisting you all the way through the verification, validation, registration and subsequent renewal process of your trademarks or service marks with the relevant authorities and bodies.
- We will also be helping you to deal with challenges from third parties when it concerns making prior ownership declarations