8.1 What is Intellectual Property?


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

Intellectual property 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.
  • In order for you to get familiar with how to protect your property rights we will in this module make some useful information available to you. Please choose the documents that can be useful for you:

  • European Patent Information: Adding certainty to your technical, legal and business decisions (link to pdf)
  • Patents: Basic Facts (UK Intellectual Property Office) (link to pdf)
  • Intellectual Property and European Standardisation
  • Link to the IPR Helpdesk to find country specific on IPR
  • IPR in seventh Framework (FP7) Project
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