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An overview of intellectual property protection system in Poland

The term “intellectual property” (IP) encompasses various aspects of human creativity, including any results of human intellectual activity. Providing protection for IP becomes increasingly important in the current environment of globalisation and high competitiveness. Given such environment, competitive advantage can only be achieved by companies implementing innovative solutions in their businesses. The awareness regarding IP protection, combined with proper management of IP rights, allows to effectively implement new business models and to benefit from using it. Intangible goods are usually regarded as the company’s most valuable asset, therefore, it is crucial to provide adequate protection thereof. Furthermore, the knowledge of IP protection regulation also contributes to limiting the risk of infringing the rights of other market participants.

Since in almost every business IP management plays a major role, the following overview aims to present certain aspects of the Polish legal framework for IP rights protection.


Table of Contents:

  1. Main statutes
  2. Copyright
  3. Industrial property rights
    A. Patent and utility model
    B. Trademark
    C. Industrial design
  4. Databases
  5. Domain names
  6. Liability for infringing intellectual property rights


Intellectual property protection system in Poland


This publication has been prepared for the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)
by the lawyers of APLAW Artur Piechocki

Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Krucza St. 50

00-025 Warsaw

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