In a knowledge-oriented economy, increasingly based on innovation, the Intellectual Property system is a very important competitive factor and provides a vital contribution to economic and social development.

The protection of the results of research work or the design and development of new products and the attendant assignment of Intellectual Property Rights should be regarded not only as a means for increasing the innovating party’s profitability, but also as the key factor in the assimilation of knowledge within institutions, which is extremely important in the permanent search for innovation.

Intellectual property consists of Industrial Property and Copyright, and refers to the creations of the human mind, such as inventions, and artistic and literary works.

Industrial Property is designed to protect inventions, aesthetic creations (design) and the signs used to distinguish products and companies in the market, and Copyright to protect literary and artistic works (including original literary and artistic creations).

UTAD Intellectual Property Regulation (PT)