Trademarks are signs capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one business from those of others and will confer an exclusive right to use. Registration is renewed every 10 years.
Registered designs protect the shape or appearance of products and give owners exclusive rights for up to 25 years.
Patents protect technical inventions. A granted patent gives owners exclusive rights for up to 20 years.
Collective marks indicate the commercial origin of certain goods and services and that a service provider belongs to a certain association.
Certification and Quality Marks
Certification and Quality Marks are signs which seek to certify certain characteristics of the goods and services (for example, their quality).