Intellectual Property (IP) Law and the Media and DBC Television’s Issue

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Intellectual property law refers to the rules that protect copyrights, property patents, and trademarks, and through which the property owners exercise the rights they have over the intangible assets they develop. These intangible assets include symbols, artistic, literary works, and musical works, phrases, words, inventions and discoveries (Dutfield & Suthersanen 2007, p. 267). The most commonly recognized intellectual property rights include trademarks, industrial design rights, trade secrets, patents, and copyrights. For this paper, the most applicable property law is the copyrights (Seville 2009, p. 4).
The controversial issue to be addressed in the paper revolves around Media Ltd, one of the most recognized TV production companies in
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How Intellectual Property Law Operates in UK
The intellectual property (IP) law offers protection to the legal rights of owners and creators of works regarding intellectual creativity. The main aim of the IP law is to ensure that people preserve the ownership of their own creations. The intellectual property rights refer to the privileges provided to people on what they created out of human intellectual creativity. The works protected by the IP law may include the scientific, artistic, literary, or industrial domains (MacQueen, Wealde & Laurie 2007, p. 4).
The four main types IP laws include the copyright, patents, designs, and trademarks. A patent refers to a territorial rights granted to an inventor by the UK’s government. A patent is supposed to last for a maximum of twenty years. The process involved in acquiring a patent is simple. The inventor is supposed to make an application to the intellectual property office. A patent makes it illegal for any other person apart from the inventor, to import, use, or sell the invented work in the United Kingdom. The patents help the inventor obtain full benefits from their inventions (Ghidini 2010, p. 243).
The trademarks, on the other hand, are symbols used in the market to distinguish the products in the market. The most common examples of patents are logos and brand names. The

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