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Rights related to UI

Still tough at this point.

When you think of rights, you probably think of patents rights and intellectual property rights, but in reality, the image is a little different.

Intellectual property rights are the generic term for patent rights, design rights, etc. In the case of UI, design rights are covered by the April 2020 amendment to the law. The term of protection is as long as 25 years, so a certain degree of protection is expected.

While patent rights require procedures for registration and there are cases where patent rights are not recognized, copyright is one of the rights that should be understood because it is a familiar right that automatically accrues to the author at the time the work is created.

At present, there are few cases where patents are granted for UI, and the number of cases is still very small.