As you are no doubt aware, there is no registration procedure for copyright works under Irish copyright law. Ccopyright protection is automatic and arises upon the creation of an original work.
However, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has expanded its services targeting innovators and creators active in the digital economy by becoming a trusted Time Stamping Authority (TSA). WIPO launched a new tool called ‘WIPO PROOF’ to deliver this service.
What is WIPO PROOF?
WIPO PROOF is an online service that rapidly produces tamper-proof evidence which you can use to prove that your digital file existed at a specific point in time.
Whether you have a creative work, a product design, an invention or research data and insights from the innovation process, WIPO PROOF is an additional way to safeguard valuable intellectual assets.
In seconds, WIPO PROOF uses industry-leading secure technology to generate a globally recognized digital fingerprint of your intellectual asset. This is your WIPO PROOF token – a unique fingerprint of your digital file, dated and timestamped the second it is created. You receive your token and another copy is stored securely on WIPO servers in Switzerland.
WIPO PROOF is backed by WIPO’s 130 years of experience providing secure, trustworthy IP services worldwide.
Why use WIPO PROOF?
Creating and innovating is often a long, iterative process that generates many valuable outputs along the way. Proving that an idea, lyric, sketch, or other original creation existed before someone else’s can add substantially to its value.
WIPO PROOF provides innovators and creators with secure evidence that a creation existed at a given point in time – and can be verified by anyone.
This can help prevent misuse and misappropriation and can be used in resolving legal disputes.
WIPO PROOF complements existing IP systems, adding another tool for managing your intellectual assets strategically.
See here for further information.
(Please note that you will incur a charge if you decide to avail of this service.)