Are you familiar with Tiffany & Co., the jeweler? If so – you might still know this even if you’re not familiar with the fine jewelry retailer – you can readily spot Tiffany Blue jewelry boxes from a mile away. Tiffany Blue, believe it or not, is its own color that is trademarked within the United States, as well as several other countries.
What about Guns ‘N’ Roses? Every song the band has recorded – this holds true with every other solo music artist and band alike, not just Guns ‘N’ Roses – is covered by copyright under United States law. If you’re more familiar with another band or solo artist, painter, photographer, sculptor, or another type of artist – especially a famous artist of whatever flavor you chose from above – their works are almost certainly covered by copyright.
Whenever Apple started creating prototypes for the iPhone just longer than a decade ago, the company consulted a patent office in the United States – Apple patented the iPhone in many countries across the world, too – and reserved its likeness for their own competitive advantage in the workplace.
Secret recipes – think Coca-Cola, Pepsi, or Kentucky Fried Chicken – are examples of trade secrets, the fourth and final type of intellectual property; the three examples above are also kinds of intellectual property.
Kamil Idris, once belonging to the world-famous World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), know intellectual property around the world arguably as well as anybody else. Better known as Professor Kamil Idris by the many students he’s influenced throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a period when he spent time as an academician in some of the finest colleges across the planet, Idris holds four degrees – two are undergraduate certificates, whereas the other two are a master’s and doctoral degree, both of which Mr. Idris racked up in the study of international law – and has worked for the likes of The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation – where he currently works today.
Mr. Idris regularly celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day, a fledgling-yet-rising holiday started by WIPO two decades ago. The holiday is on April 26.