Intellectual property protects any creation that results from human intellect and is divided into industrial property and copyright.
The industrial property protects intellectual creations such as inventions, utility models, industrial designs and distinctive signs, among others. These rights are recognized based on their registration in the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC), which is the official authority for these matters in Colombia.
In turn, copyright protects work that is a product of human intellect, according to the personal interests of the author with regard to said work. Copyright is divided into moral copyright and economic copyright. The former refers to the right that protects the author’s work from being modified, while the latter refers to exclusion or authorization rights for the work to be used, and its reproduction, public broadcast, distribution, and alteration is protected.
Take into account:
- Trademark protection is granted for 10 years and can be extended every 10 years for an indefinite period of time. Registration allows for exclusive use of the trademark, as well as its commercial use with regard to the products and/or services for which it was granted.
- To keep a patent for an invention or a utility model in force during its term of duration (10 or 20 years, respectively), annual maintenance fees must be paid following the granting of the patent.