What is intellectual property?

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Intellectual property is divided into

  • copyright,
  • rights related to copyright,
  • industrial property rights.

Copyright will apply at creation of literary, artistic or scientific works (see Estonian Authors' Society).

Industrial property rights can applied for in the Patent Office.

The main objects of industrial property are:

A trade mark is a sign used to distinguish the goods or services of a person from other similar types of goods or services of other persons. Noticing a trade mark a consumer should understand that the product is offered by a particular company.

Patents and utility models are forms of legal protection for inventions.  Invention is a solution to a technical problem in any field of technology, which is new, involves an inventive step , which is not obvious to others with good knowledge and is capable of industrial application. 

An industrial design is a two-dimensional or three-dimensional design of the product, which, either separately or in combination, form the shape, configuration, ornamentation, colours, texture and material of the product.

Industrial property includes also:


The rights and obligations of the owners of the objects of industrial property

The owner of the object of industrial property (trademark, patent, utility model, industrial design) is obliged to pay a fee for the renewal of the validity of the registration of the object of industrial property to maintain the object of industrial property.

The Estonian Patent Office should be informed about any changes in the data concerning the owner of the object of the industrial property.

The owner of the object of industrial property has the right to abandon, to pledge, to transfer his/her rights fully or partially to other persons etc.


Protect your intellectual property in the patent office - this way, you can share what you have created with the whole wide World!


Last modified 09.05.2019