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Intellectual Property Rights


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

International property (IP) refers to the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

The Albanian Office for Copyright (ZSHDA) is the legally qualified institution for the protection of copyright. It is a central institution, a public legal person, under the supervision of the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, established to conduct activities in support and implementation of the Albanian legislation on copyright and other rights related to it, within the territory of the Republic of Albania.

Albanian Office for Copyright conduct her activities in support and implementation of the Constitution, the Albanian legislation on copyright and other rights related to the legal provisions of other applicable laws, and conventions of other international agreements to which Albania takes part.

Albanian Directorate of Patents and Trademarks is a government Institution under the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship which provides grant and protection for:

  • Patents for Inventions and Utility Models
  • Industrial Designs
  • Trademarks & service marks
  • Geographical indications
  • Topography of Integrated Circuits