FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term used for human innovations and creativity that are capable of being protected under national law and international treaties. IP includes a diverse range of commercial assets from patents for new inventions through to copyright protected artworks. Intellectual property is divided into two categories.
Do I need to Register my intellectual property rights?
In Papua New Guinea statutory rights for trade marks, patents and industrial designs are granted through a registration process. See FAQ for trade marks, patents and industrial designs below.
Copyright is automatic and subsists from the date of creation or when the work is first made public. There is no formal registration or repository requirement in Papua New Guinea . However, it may be advisable to put copyright notice on your works to make people aware of your rights under the copyright act. The notice may contain the name of the creator/author, the encircled © or the word copyright and the date when the work was first created or made public.
How can I file an application?
How do I make payments?