Bhutan Local Governance

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind into tangible assests such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images in commerce. 

There are four types of IP that can be protected in the country namely

1. Patent: a protection granted for inventions

2. Trademark: It's a sign distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other; in particular, such signs may consist of words including personal names, letters, numerals, figurative elements and combinations of colors as well as any combination of such signs. 

3. Industrial Designs: It's an overall appearance and visual features of a product such as ornamental or aesthetic features. It may consists of three dimensional features like shape of a product or two dimensional features like patterns, ornamentation, lines or colors of product

4. Copyright: It applies to all original literacy, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. The word "original" means that the work should be completely new and it should not be a copied work from some other already existing works.