Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

A Visit to the Museum of Counterfeit Goods

Intellectual property rights are nothing new, with the concept having existed since the late 1800’s. However, advances in technology and the expansion of global markets have made it easier for would be creators to mimic original creations and therefore disrupt the benefits that would otherwise be afforded to the original creator. Intellectual property consists of many different creative avenues such as creations of the mind, expressive works and inventions. It would seem logical that as more of these ideas are brought to fruition the harder it will be for new and original ideas to be presented. Many forms of intellectual property are used to form the basis for new ideas and there is a fine line as to whether these deviations constitute infringement or original works that were merely inspired by others. These intricacies have influenced many forms of legal representation throughout the world. With each country typically enforcing property rights in its own way or, in some cases, not at all. Copyrights, Patents, and Trademark laws all have specific areas in which they govern but the way they are governed all rely on the origin of the original work and the country in which it is being enforced. 

Creators in any form are ultimately responsible for the enforcement of their individual intellectual property. As businesses develop products they must understand the inherent risks of doing business worldwide and their ability to maintain control of how they generate revenue. It is almost inevitable that counterfeits or altered versions of original work will be made. Although governments have made efforts to make these practices illegal it is up to individual owners to police their products and pursue legal action against those who infringe them.  

 Shared by Eddie Molina