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Intellectual Property articles
Intellectual Property (IP) is a term used to describe the product of an idea - an invention, design, brand name or original creation. Just as there are laws against theft, there are also laws to protect Intellectual Property - it's not just about Patents! Do you have a logo, a recognisable name or brand? Do you manufacture, create, design, invent, write, take pictures or video, write software? Whatever your business - and no matter its size - it is likely you generate IP. There are four main categories of IP rights:
- Patents protect what makes things work - like what makes a light bulb glow or the chemical formula of your favourite fizzy drink.
- Trade Marks are symbols that distinguish goods and services in the marketplace and stop others using them - like logos and brand names.
- Designs are what something looks like - from the shape of a milk carton to the body of a car.
- Copyright applies when original work is written, drawn or recorded - including software.