INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION
The law firm also specializes in the protection of industrial property . The owner of the Law Firm, Mr. Dariusz Dąbek, is a patent attorney authorized to act by the Polish Patent Office and a professional representative authorized to act before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain. The law firm also cooperates with its counterparts in dozens of countries around the world (in case of necessity to act before other foreign offices).
A few words at the beginning...
At the outset, it is worth explaining that intellectual property includes copyright and industrial property. In the knowledge-based economy, intellectual property is one of the main factors that allow to create a competitive advantage and determine market success. On the other hand, the lack of industrial property protection can cause irreparable damage. On the other hand, ensuring adequate protection of trademarks, inventions and designs not only allows you to turn an idea into a law with a real market value, but also prevents potential violations of such law. Regardless of the benefits of building a market position, the protection of industrial property rights also provides significant tax benefits:
- intellectual property rights, which are intangible assets, can be depreciated and therefore reduce taxable profits;
- licensing can be a source of revenue; it can also be a cost-generating instrument.
It is surprising, given the benefits of this, how relatively few entrepreneurs use intellectual property rights in their activities. Intellectual property in Poland has been regulated by two basic legal acts: the Act on Copyright and Related Rights and the Act on Industrial Property..
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The Act on Copyright and Related Rights applies to such manifestations of human activity as literary creation, journalism, science, music, IT and many others. Contrary to industrial property law, copyright does not provide for any registration requirements. However, the rules for granting licenses, transferring rights, the permitted scope of using copyright and many other issues have been regulated in detail.
The proprietary copyrights are vested in the creator, ensuring the exclusive right to use the work and dispose of it in all fields of use, and to remuneration for the use of the work.
Personal copyrights protect the creator's relationship with the work unlimited in time and not subject to waiver or sale, in particular the right to:
- authorship of the song,
- label the work with your name or pseudonym or to share it anonymously,
- inviolability of the content and form of the work and its reliable use,
- decide on the first release of the work to the public,
- supervision over the way the work is used.