What is the duration of each of these intellectual property rights? What procedures exist to extend the life of registered rights in appropriate circumstances?

Intellectual Property

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Copyright – Copyright subsisting in a literary, dramatic or musical work, or in artistic work other than a photograph shall continue to subsist until the expiration of 70 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which the work is first published or performed in public, or if not published/performed in public, 70 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which the author of the work died.

For sound recordings and cinematograph film, 70 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which the recording/film was first published; and for a published edition of a work or works, 25 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which the edition was first published.

Copyright subsisting in a television broadcast, sound broadcast or in a cable programme will continue to subsist until the expiration of 50 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which the broadcast was made/the cable programme is first included in the cable programme service.

Registered designs – A maximum of 15 calendar years from the date of filing, subject to the payment of renewal fees every five years. No possible extension of rights, unless the design in question was registered under the UK Registered designs Act before 13 November 2000, and the registration had not expired or been cancelled as of 13 November 2000. In such situations, the total period of registration may not exceed 25 years from the date of its registration under the UK Registered designs Act.

Layout-designs (topographies) of integrated circuits – A layout-design ceases to be a protected layout-design if it is first commercially exploited within five calendar years after the calendar year in which it was created, at the end of the tenth calendar year after the calendar year in which it was first commercially exploited; and for all other cases at the end of the period of 15 calendar years after the calendar year in which it was created.

Patents – A maximum of 20 calendar years from the date of filing, subject to the payment of annual renewal fees starting from the end of the fourth year.

Plant varieties – A maximum of 25 calendar years from the date of the grant of protection, provided that an annual fee of a prescribed amount and any relevant information required by the Registrar are furnished within the prescribed period.

Trade marks – Indefinite registration period, subject to the payment of renewal fees every 10 calendar years.

Geographical indications/trade secrets/know-how – N.A.

Updated: May 23, 2017