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Jersey Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property law or IP law as it is more often referred to is the Legal entitlement in connection with creative ideas and works such as literary works, artistic works, designs and inventions. Theft of a person’s idea or copying of a person’s work is not generally taken as seriously as theft of a person’s TV or phone, hence the need for IP law to protect this.

The World Intellectual Property Convention of 1968 defines IP as including;

- Literary, artistic and scientific works
- Performances of performing artists, phonograms and broadcasts
- Inventions in all fields of human endeavour
- Scientific discoveries
- Industrial designs
- Trademarks, service marks and commercial names and designations
- Protection against unfair competition, and
- All other rights resulting from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary or artistic fields

Intellectual Property law is another area in which Jersey strive to be as modern and competent as possible in order to attract new business. In only December 2012 a new law governing copyright and other unregistered intellectual property rights came into force and they are continuing to analyse and update property laws constantly in order to provide the highest standard. Vast amounts of intellectual property material is protected in Jersey due to the UK’s membership of various conventions.

Intellectual Property is an evolving field whose influence on technology, social development and Economic growth is immense. Certain legal entities that are active internationally will not allow Intellectual Property to be sold in countries that do not have adequate IP laws to protect the owner’s right. Jersey have recognised this seeing e-commerce as a possible major factor in future development of intellectual property and a large contributor to their economy and so treat this area with the great attention it deserves both locally and internationally.

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