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1. What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Copyright & Industrial property. Industrial property includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source.

2. Which is the body responsible for implementation of intellectual property law in Saudi Arabia?

The body responsible for implementation of law of patents, layout designs of integrated circuits, plant varieties, and industrial designs is Saudi Patent Office at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). On the other hand, Ministry of Culture and Information has the responsibility of protecting Copyrights; whereas, Ministry of Commerce & Industry is responsible for Trademarks.

3. What is a Patent?

A patent is an exclusive protection document granted for an invention.

4. What is an Industrial Design?

an industrial design is a composition of two-dimensional lines or colors, or any three dimensional shape that gives an industrial product, or a product of traditional crafts, a special appearance provided that this is not only for functional or technical purpose including textile designs.

5. What is a Plant Varietie?

A plant variety is a plant grouping within a single botanical taxon of the lowest known rank which, irrespective of whether the conditions for the grant of a breeders right are fully met, can be defined by the expression of the characteristics resulting from a given genotype or a combination of genotypes distinguished from any other plant grouping, by the expression of at least one of the said characteristics, and considered as units with regard to its suitability for being propagated without change.

6. What is a layout design of an Integrated Circuit?

A design is a composition of two-dimensional lines or colors, or any three dimensional shape that gives an industrial product, or a product of traditional crafts, a special appearance provided that this is not only for functional or technical purpose including textile designs.