Patents

Protect new, technical ideas, must be applied for in a patent application that can provide protection for up to 20 years.
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Trade Marks

Signs that are capable of distinguishing goods/services of one enterprise from those of another and can include words, logos, smells or sounds and combinations of these. Trade mark registrations last indefinitely subject to renewal every 10 years.
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Designs

Registered designs are concerned with the appearance of an article, its shape or surface ornamentation. Can last up to 25 years. Unregistered design right subsists automatically in originally designed articles, so there’s no need to apply and it lasts up to 15 years from creation or 10 years from first marketing.
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Copyright

Protects works of literature, music, drama or art against unlicensed reproduction. Copyright subsists automatically in original works and protects the expression of an idea and not the idea itself. This can last up to 70 years from the death of the author.
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