Did you know that Intellectual Property is a human right?

We will start with a brief history lesson.

On 10th December 1948, at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the rights and freedoms of all human beings. This collaboration between the 58 member nations at the time was made in response to the two world wars suffered in the decades previous. It has been translated into over 350 languages worldwide and consists of 30 articles, one of which is of particular importance to the Intellectual Property community.

The United Nations considers Intellectual Property rights to be “like any other property right” and is therefore protected. It is codified in Article 27, as stated below.

have “the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interests resulting from authorship of scientific, literary or artistic productions”.

Inventions in technology fall under this Article. However, unlike copyright, inventions are not automatically protected from the time they are created. The onus is on the inventor to ensure that their IP is safeguarded, by securing patents. This process can be lengthy and require multiple meetings, applications and reviews, which is why it is so important to establish a firm grip on your IP.

Obtaining patents encourages innovation and pushes inventors to create new technology. It is a tool that helps to push the boundaries of modernization and expand our knowledge and capabilities.

An investment in your IP is an investment in your future.

Do you have an invention you want to protect? Contact Scintilla to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced patent attorneys.



At Scintilla, we help innovative companies get a grip on their intellectual property. Our unique commercial approach combines registration of patents and trade marks with strategic input so that IP can be a springboard for business growth. If you would like to discuss your IP needs, do contact us or book a free initial consultation!