Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Intellectual property is a branch of law that includes all the rules applicable to "intellectual" or "intangible" creations, which are "intangible assets". In French law the intellectual property is divided into two areas, governed respectively by each of the two main parts of the French Law on Intellectual Property: literary and artistic property, on the one hand, and industrial property, on the other:
- Literary and artistic property is further divided into copyright, related rights and sui generis database rights.
- Industrial property mainly covers trademarks, patent law (inventions) and design law.
- Institut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI) is the national intellectual property office of France, in charge of patents, trademarks and industrial design rights.
- Your Europe: Information on the intellectual property rights in the European Union Commission europénne - Droits de propriété intellectuelle
- The French Law on Intellectual Property