Are you guilty of intellectual property theft?

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BY P. KANDIAH

VERY often, individuals, companies or even countries are accused of stealing Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) belonging to another person or company. Allegations of IPR theft are often made by individuals who do not understand the real issues. This article will attempt to clear any misconceptions on the issue of IPR theft.

IPRs are generally statutory rights granted by each country in accordance with the laws of that particular country. IPRs such as patent rights, trademark rights and industrial design rights