Addressing key topics within the intellectual property sector.
Intellectual property is of major importance and value to the Institution, and its members, as it is the result of creative and intellectual activity which defines and underpins knowledge. Intellectual property rights are the form(s) of legal protection given for a period to the owner of the intellectual property.
IET activities in which intellectual property rights are key include:
Whilst the IET’s intellectual property is, in the main, non-registerable (copyright), those of its members, and their employers, more often take the form of patents, trademarks, registered designs, micro-electronic circuit layouts etc.
Professionals need to understand intellectual property to know the benefits and obligations. This is particularly true in those countries where the economy is based on knowledge creation. With this in mind, the IET is a member of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) whose aim is to inform professionals, amongst others, about intellectual property.