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Population* Information for 2017. Source: World Bank
Patent Applications* Patent applications filed in PROSUR countries during 2017. Source: WIPO
Trademark Applications* Trademark applications filed in PROSUR countries during 2017. Source: WIPO
Intellectual property is divided into two main categories: Industrial property, which covers patents, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications, and copyright, which covers the protection of artistic and literary works.
Patents provide exclusive rights that will allow you to use and exploit your invention and prevent third parties from using it without your consent. If you choose not to exploit the patent, you can sell it or assign the rights to another company to market it under a license.
Trademarks may consist of a word (word mark) or combination of words (mixed mark), figures; letters; symbols; drawings (figurative marks) and even sounds (sound marks).
The design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape or surface of an article, or in two-dimensional features such as patterns, lines, or colors.
There are three fundamental requirements for patentability. These are that the invention should be something new; having an inventive step, that is to say, it must represent a sufficient advance in relation to the current state of the art, and that it is capable of industrial application.
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