Intellectual Property (IP) refers to the expressed creation of the human mind. Examples are a brand, an invention, a design, a song or another intellectual creation.
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Photography and Carnival
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The Government Department responsible for the administration of IP laws
Providing Intellectual Property Services to the people of Trinidad & Tobago. Read More...
Please be advised, all enquiries with respect to intellectual property in Carnival and Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) are to be directed to the Controller (Ag.), Deputy Controller or Legal Officer II
- Your creative expressions are automatically protected by Copyright.
- If you invented or created something new, do NOT disclose it to the public. Talk to the IP Office to have it protected before disclosure.
- Be careful when using intellectual property that belongs to others.
- It is always advisable to consult the IP Office regarding the protection and commercialization of your IP.
- The IP Office provides free information regarding all that was invented before. Check with us to determine whether your creation has already been created.
We perform the following functions:
- Grant Intellectual Property Rights
- Provide Patent Information Services
- Conduct Public Education and Awareness Programmes
- Advise Government on IP Issues
- Participate in International Forums regarding IP matters
The Intellectual Property Office of Trinidad and Tobago performs the following functions:
It is a right granted by the state to the owner to stop others from manufacturing, using, importing and trading the protected technology. In return, the owner gives certain technical information to the public sufficient to manufacture and use the technology.
A trade mark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one trader from those of other traders.
Refers to laws that regulate the use of the work of a creator, such as an artist or author. This includes copying, distributing, altering and displaying creative, literary and other types of work.
Any material whether or not associated with lines or colours, is deemed to be an industrial design where such composition, form or material gives a special appearance to a product of industry or handicraft.