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Intellectual property in Poland

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The organisation responsible for the protection of intellectual property in Poland is the Urzad Patentowy RP, and the Copyright Office.
Regional Organisations

For patent protection: The European Patent Office.
Governing trademarks, designs and models: The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.

International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Law on inventive activity
19th October, 1972, modified by the law of 16th April, 1993
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Law on Trademarks
31st January, 1985
10 years, renewable for a consecutive period of 10 years. Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Industrial Property Act of 30th June, 2000
25 years  
Act No. 83 of 4th February, 1994 on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights (as last amended on 21st October, 2010) and the Act of 9th June, 2000 on the Amendment to the Law on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights (2000)
10 years Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Property Act of 30th June, 2000
25 years  

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